The window replacement contract covers every aspect of your window replacement project, so it only makes sense to read everything in it and make changes and corrections before you sign the dotted line. Replacement window and door installation company Comfort King Windows & Doors shares the elements of a good window replacement contract.
Contact Information — Your contractor should provide a valid email address, an alternative phone number and other ways they can be reached in addition to what’s published on their site. This is important in case you need to reach them on an urgent matter.
Project Scope — Also referred to as the project overview, this describes the work required for your project. It should also list the number of windows to be replaced, the installation method and the number of installers needed for the job. It may also include the project timeline and work hours, as well as the disposal method to be used for the old windows.
Bill of Materials — This is the part where material specifications such as window frame colors, glass packages and window styles are listed. The description should match what you’ve already discussed with the window and door company.
Contractor License and Insurance — The contractor should include verifiable contractor’s license information, not to be mistaken for a business license. A copy of the insurance certificate should likewise be included, and should clearly state liability insurance coverage and workers’ compensation.
Payment Terms and Schedule — Keep in mind that legitimate remodeling contractors will never ask you for a full upfront payment. Instead, there should be a down payment, followed by subsequent installments after certain milestones have been reached, such as when the permit is secured or the material has been delivered. The final payment is usually scheduled shortly after the window installation has been satisfactorily completed.
Change Procedure — There are certain situations where changes can’t be avoided, such as when structural issues prevent the installation process from being completed. The contract should have a section that clearly indicates the person(s) authorized to sign off on such changes.
Termination Clause — A termination clause is your protection in case the contractor cannot fulfill the terms of the contract. Reasons for terminating the contract include frequently missed deadlines and unsafe working conditions.