Question by JOE: Is it legal to sell a home improvement contract if im uninsured, and dont have a Contractors licence.?
I plan to sub-contract the work to a company that is insured, and has all the propper documentation. I was curious if it is legal to do this in my state (MA)
Answer by Damocles No. Contractors, even those who subcontract every part of a job, have to be licensed and bonded. If you will be getting paid you will also need a business license.
Question by kathy.norton: contractor contract?
I’m looking for a boilerplate contract (agreement) to use with a contractor for my kitchen remodel.
Answer by BBQ Turkey your contractor should provide that for you. be sure to make sure your contractor is licensed with the state licensing board and has no registered complaints against them. Also – contract law varies from state to state.
Question by Wonder Ken: Home improvement contract dispute – deduction or claim against bond?
My home improvement contractor is not performing some services that were clearly mentioned in the scope of the contract. My contract is silent about details of what to do when contractor does not perform tasks in scope except termination.
I engaged someone else to get some of these tasks completed. Can I deduct my costs from the progress payments of contractor? Or is it better to pay the contractor as per payment schedule and go after contractor’s bond?
Answer by Any Key! Push Me If you give the contractor money my guess is you will incur many more costs associated with a legal suit. But if you are positive the items SHOULD have been done as outlined in the contract, then deduct the money. Reason is the contractor will then have the burden of proof and will need to take you to court to get his money. So if you can win then keep the money. If you think the contractor will just say oh the heck with it then good. The contractor may not want his name drug through court.
Have your case and documents all in order. Dates, timelines, copy of contract, a clear and understandable statement of what did not happen and what was supposed to happen. Keep all emotions out of it. Show your maturity and let the others look foolish. SEE A LEGAL ADVISER.
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