Question by maxdavid: Should Contractor or Construction Company collects sales tax on home renovations & home improvement in NJ ?
Please advise if construction company should collect sales tax. What the consequences if did not collect sales tax from clients?
Answer by tro you need to check your sales tax laws of NJ
very likely a contractor does not individually show sales tax but his overall bid will include sales tax if any that would be required
generally when a new product is produced, sales tax is charge when it is sold
if the contractor bought specific items he added to the construction, if he was exempt for sales tax when he bought it he needs to charge when he bills the customer. ie light sconces he installed on the posts of the gateway to the household(he didn’t make them, he might have been able to buy them tax exempt, but sales tax has to be collected on those items for the state)
for the most part contractors are not registered with the state sales tax agency since they really don’t deal in retail sales
Question by splattercheese: Does anyone know of a website that offers home improvement deals?
Dealnews.com has a similar setup to what I’m looking for but they don’t seem to have much in the way of home improvement. If there is no such site perhaps a few separate websites that have good deals for specific parts of a home, like bathroom, kitchen, yard/landscaping?
I have tried googling home improvement deals and end up getting mainly just advertisements for home improvement companies, dealnews.com actually has people snooping around the web for decent deals on things. But I can’t seem to find a home improvement site that does the same.
Answer by Tony S google and type in homeimprovement deals Duh
What to add and what not to add is the question every home owner seeking improvement will ask. Home improvement involves the reorganization and upgrading of the indoor and outdoor environment.
For a lot of home owners, the landscaping is really important. Landscaping influences the mood or aura of your home, a home with a pool and a fountain translates to a tranquil and serene environment. Moreover, a garden that is well kept with beautiful landscaping could be an attraction to homebuyers when and if you do eventually decide to put your home on the market.
Home improvements are a great investment in your house and you get a more comfortable and beautiful home in the process. There are two main methods of home improvement; you could choose to do a complete overhaul of your home or just do a remodeling project.
Home improvement remodeling is much less expensive than a complete overhaul and could be anything from changing your kitchen floors to changing the heating system in your home.
The kitchen is one of the more popular home improvement remodeling projects. The areas for remodeling in a kitchen are vast and there is always something extra you could do to enhance the look of your kitchen and add more value to the home as a whole. Some kitchen home improvement remodeling projects could be as complex as placing an island in a kitchen that had none before or could be simply refacing existing cabinets.
The bathroom is another area that is the focus of home improvement remodeling. There is just so much that can be done in a bathroom. You could simply change the tiles and there are many tiles to choose from including ceramic tiles or you could change the whole look of the bathroom; add an oriental or eastern feel to your bathroom.
You could also decide on an addition to your existing home such as a patio.
You might want to change the look of our present patio or add a patio where one did not previously exist. Concrete slabs are quite common even though tiles of different materials are gradually gaining popularity.
Whatever form of home improvement remodeling you eventually decide to engage in, it is realy important to make sure that you are making the most of your money. This should be done by ensuring that the materials you are using are of the highest quality, to avoid your having to replace materials soon after the project is done. Furthermore, working with a qualified and reputable home improvement company is imperative to make certain that you are getting value for your money.
Home improvement means that you are adding value to your home, which translates as a prudent investment. You get the added advantage of living in a beautiful environment that affords you maximum comfort.
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Question by Mj: Home improvement contractors: How do you protect yourself from surprises?
For example, you are doing a remodel that seems to be pretty straight up but you open a wall and find major rot or termite damage or something that you deem structurally unsound. You don’t want to put it back together unless the framing is done correctly but now you have to get into the drywall or plaster on the other side.
Do you have a clause in your contract that covers this type of surprise? How is it worded?
Answer by rc Yes of course, I write in the contract “Any unforeseen problems that could not be observed during proposal process that may incur additional costs is to be agreed upon by home owner and contractor prior to any further work to be completed or contract may be voided by contractor.” I have the home owner initial this section.
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