Contracts are what hold the contractor and home or building owner together during the process of getting a job built. Without a good contract, and with the mindset of the buying public today, you can become either a victim or a target depending on how you look at it.
To protect yourself, you should have a job specific contract for each job you do. This is not a subject for debate, this is a must. In virtually all the expert witness and arbitrations I have done, a poorly written contract or no contract at all were the main cause of misunderstandings and the ensuing fight that developed between the owner and the contractor.
A one or two page, pre-printed contract form with some legalese on the back may protect you from some of your clients, but not all. Our customers today (with access to the Internet) are often as well educated on contracts as you are and know how to exploit every hole you leave in the doc.
I suggest looking at our Fast Track Proposal Writer software.
If ever there was a hole-plugging program, this is it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it doesn’t get any better than the FTPW. We have over 840 paragraphs of language to cover the job top to bottom.
Have a look and call me with any questions you may have.