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Before You Sign the Contract Part 2

These items should also be on your contract:

1. Start and end time. Example, “start” with in 7 – 10 days from permit, “commencement” described as “demolition of existing patio cover”, and “completion” after “walk through and final punch list”.

2. Detailed progress payment payment schedule. Example, X due upon plan approval; X due upon demolition; X due upon concrete/foundation pour etc. The progress payments should coincide with inspections where ever possible.

By Contractor’s State License Law, you should also receive the following documents when you sign: 3 Day Right To Cancel, California License Law Notice, Check Out Your Contractor From, Information About Commercial General Liability Insurance From, Notice To Owner Form.

For more information on Contracting and License Laws, please visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/

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Gregg Cantor, a third generation contractor and owner of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel has successfully remodeled thousands of homes in San Diego County. Gregg's is experienced in all phases of construction and home remodeling including design development, project management, best building practices, code requirements, and contract law. He also writes articles for examiner.com and is co-host of The Home Pro Show Saturday's at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on A.M.600 KOGO San Diego. Follow Gregg's posts.

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