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Liability Insurance

Demand a cert of insurance from the contractor to make sure the contractor is licensed and bonded to cover any injury that may happen on the job. Remember, you can be held liable if a contractor or his employees are injured on your property while working on your home. It is always worth inquiring if you can get additional insurance for the period of time the work is going on in your home.

A complete contract includes details on the project including a complete listing of goods and materials to be used. Clauses regarding the payment and what do to in case of dispute are critical and must be included. Be sure to include a rescission clause in the agreement that allows you to cancel the contract within three to five business days of signing it.

If you're offered a warranty by the contractor, you must check that the name and address of the person/institution are included and that the duration of the warranty is included. The warranty must be clear and easy to read and should also cover the repair/ replacement of the items or a cash refund within a defined period of time. If the warranty has limitations be sure to understand what these are. 

Building Permit
Most towns, cities or countries require a permit to change to build on to an existing property. To obtain a permit you must fill out an application and pay a fee. Your contractor is well versed in completing these applications so you would be best advised to ask your contractor to apply for all the permits.

The work may be inspected at various stages to make sure it meets building codes and the contractor's reputation and business are on the line to have these completed correctly.

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