In the past few years, a number of
states have adopted laws specifically
governing agreements between
contractors and homeowners.
These Home Improvement Acts
generally require that all contracts
be in writing and contain certain
specific provisions and information.
Failure to include these items
in a contract can put you at risk of
losing your entire payment over
what may seem like a technicality.
Even if you live in a state without
a Home Improvement Act
(HIA), you may run these same
risks if your contracts don't include
certain information. If the parties,
work, and compensation aren't
clearly specified, both client and
contractor are put unnecessarily at
risk if disagreements arise. For that
reason it pays to review the provisions
required by HIAs,