Building or improving a home is a big undertaking, depending on the size and nature of the project, and it is important for folks to ensure the job is done properly and to have a good understanding of how to protect themselves from liability. There are a variety of angles from which to consider the issue, but we’ll focus here on several.
First of all, it is important to pay attention to establishing a solid contract. Among other things, the contract should provide language regarding the materials to be used in the project, precisely listing the type to be used. This is important so that there are no surprises at the end of the project and so that one has recourse if the contractor tires to cut corners on materials. The contract should also lay out how one goes about modifying the contract so that any changes along the way can be made formal.