Luke Carroll, EC Credit Control & Tradebusters Connect
Five key things you need in a contact. Number one; Contractor's license details. This is much like a quality assurance label you might see on a consumer product. Confirms you're dealing with a legitimate and qualified trades person to complete the job. Second; an accurate description of the works to be carried out. If it's not an accurate description, don't sign the contract. You're heading straight towards a dispute. Third; the contract price should be clearly displayed on the first page or alternatively if it's not displayed, a reasonable explanation given for why it's not. If it's not displayed accurately and clearly, don't sign the contract. You're heading straight towards a dispute. Fourth; deposits and progress payments. Guys it's pretty simple rules. For jobs under $20k, 10% deposit is the maximum allowable. For jobs above $20k, 5% deposit. In relation to progress payments, your trades person can't ask you to pay for more than the work that's already been done. And finally; home warranty and insurance is a requirement for any job above $20 000 in value. It's designed to protect you as a home owner from any loss that you may incur on a job that's incomplete or faulty where your trades person has become insolvent or disappeared.