Progress and Payments

Shandy Heil, Skinner, Patricia  |  1/3/2007 9:53:37 AM

Even the best-planned projects will require some decision making while the work is in progress. Plan to be available for impromptu telephone consultations and to be present during critical stages. Rethink details (such as fixture placement, door swing, etc.) before they are installed to minimize the costliness of changing your mind later. Whenever a change is required, be sure to document it with a Change Order, including whether or not the change will require adjustment(s) to the total price of the contract.

While “supervising,” be firm but not overbearing and bothersome. Expect disruptions of your daily routine and some inconvenience. Keep your children, pets, and other obstacles from getting in the crew’s way. Make an effort to accommodate their needs, and they will be more inclined to fufill your needs.

As the work progresses, you will come to points in the contract where payments are to due to the contractor. Do not pay cash for the work; pay by check, money order or cashier's check. Follow the payment schedule that was included in your contract; do not let your payments get ahead of the work completed.

Withhold full payment until:

  • The building contractor or person hired has paid for all building supplies used. Require receipts for all paid bills for all materials used.
  • Everything has been completed on the job to the full satisfaction of the contract and to the satisfaction of you or your inspector.
  • The contractor has provided you with releases of lien from himself/herself, from suppliers, and from labor subcontractors.

Remember - it is not sufficient for you to pay the contractor for the materials used on your home project; the contractor has to have paid the supplier, too. That's why you want receipts and releases of liens that the contractor may have granted temporarily on your property.

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