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If you're ready to contact the local printer for another 1,000 copies of your standard contract form, now's a good time to make some revisions. As an arbitrator, I see case after case in which remodelers use scanty, poorly worded contracts, even on major jobs like second-story additions or whole house remodels. In most cases, these remodelers simply haven't taken the time to properly prepare their contracts. Some believe the rapport they've established with their customers will smooth out any miscommunication. In my experience, this casual approach may work for awhile, but eventually every remodeler learns — usually the hard way — that a wellprepared contract is the only way to avoid working for free. Presenting Your Contract Ideally, your contract should anticipate all areas of conflict