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What documents should my contractor provide upon project completion?

Answered by Jeffrey Anderson ~ June 20, 2013 ~ No Comments

What documents should I ask the contractor for after the job is finished and he has been paid in full?

- Marcos

Jeffrey Anderson

Marcos, there is normally some paperwork that you should keep for your household files, but a lot depends on the size of the project and your location.

Any job that requires a building permit normally must go through a series of inspections. You should ask your contractor for a copy of the final inspections that show that everything has passed to the local jurisdiction's satisfaction. Depending on the setup of the local building inspection office, this paperwork might be available from the onsite inspector or the contractor may have to pay a visit to their office.

The inspections would more than likely include a building final and could also involve electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. If your remodeling project is an addition to your home or a renovation of a living area, the jurisdiction may require that a Certificate of Occupancy be issued before your family can use the space.

This is normally provided once the building department knows that all the final inspections have been passed and the project is safe to occupy. The document could go by a different name in your area. But regardless of what name it goes by, it's important and should be kept.

Another document that you may want the contractor to provide is a signed lien waiver stating that all subcontractors and vendors have been paid for the labor and materials used on your project. This protects you from having a lien placed on your home if the primary contractor neglected to pay someone even though they have been paid in full.

In most cases, this is only an issue with larger projects where the contract is for a substantial amount. If you borrowed money for the job, the lender may insist on receiving a signed lien waiver before releasing all the funds.

Lastly, if there were blueprints or site drawings involved with the remodeling job, it can be a good idea to keep copies for your files. You may need them as reference material for a future project and when you sell the home, the purchaser could find them handy.

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