The Key Documents You Need For A Home Remodel

Payment Application: A progress payment or partial payment of the contract amount that is periodically paid by the consumer to the contractor. This application should be approved by you or your architect, and paid only after you’ve: 1) verified that the work has been completed, and 2) received a valid lien waiver. Be sure to get a separate lien waiver with every payment application. The payment application should be accompanied by photos of the completed work, taken by your contractor.

Be sure to get a separate lien waiver with every payment application. The payment application should be accompanied by photos of the completed work, taken by your contractor.

Mechanic’s Lien Waiver: This is a document from a contractor, subcontractor, or supplier stating that they have received payment, and that they waive any future lien rights to your property. If your contractor is unwilling to provide you with this document, withhold payment until it is provided.

Change Order: This is a dated, written agreement or directive between you and your contractor that represents an addition, deletion, or revision to the contract that was unforeseen – maybe due to a latent defect, faulty wiring, poor soil conditions, or you changing your mind. All change orders should include a section identifying the change and describing the work involved.

Punch List: This is a list of the final items that need to be completed by the contractor before the full completion of the job. It can include details like, “When you brought in my new fridge, it gouged the wall by the door – please fix that.” The key is including small details. You and your contractor should do a final walk-through before writing the punch list – if you have an architect, he or she will be there for the walk-through as well.

You and your contractor should do a final walk-through before writing the punch list – if you have an architect, he or she will be there for the walk-through as well.

Notice of Substantial Completion: This is a notice from your contractor stating that you accept “use of your property for its intended purposes”, even though all work is not completed. The contractor will ask you to sign this form so he / she can effectively reduce the amount of resources on your project, finish up the minor items outstanding (punch list) and move on.

Notice of Final Completion: This is a notice from your contractor stating “all terms of all construction contracts have been satisfied”. In other words you accept that absolutely everything is in order and that everything except warranties is over.