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Q&A: Home improvement contractors: How do you protect yourself from surprises?

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?
Thanks guys.

Best answer:

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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