As your Top Rated Local® remodeling company in Chicago, C&S Remodeling strives to provide you with information you need to protect yourself as a consumer. Below, you will find several tips related to home improvement contracts so that you can make an informed decision about which remodeling contractor you choose to complete your project, whether it is a new roof, new siding, or new gutters. If you have any questions about the information below, or if you would like to speak with a member of our team about your contract with C&S Remodeling, please do not hesitate to contact us right away.

Considerations for Reviewing Remodeling Company Contracts

  • Get all estimates in writing.
  • Do not be induced into signing a contract by high-pressure sales tactics.
  • Never sign a contract with blank spaces or one which you do not fully understand. If you are taking out a loan to finance the work, do not sign the contract until your lender approves the loan.
  • Remember, you have three business days from the time you sign your contract to cancel any contract if the sale is made at your home. The contractor cannot deprive you of this right by initiating work, selling your contract to a lender, or any other tactic.
  • If the contractor does business under a name other than the contractor’s real name, the business must either be incorporated or registered under the Assumed Business Name Act. Check with the Secretary of State to see the business is incorporated or with the county clerk to see if the business has registered under the Assumed Business Name Act.
  • Homeowners should check with local and county units of government to determine if permits or inspections are required.
  • Determine whether the contractor will guarantee his or her work and products. The remodeling company should provide these guarantees  in writing.
  • Determine whether the contractor has the proper insurance.
  • Do not sign a certificate of completion or make your final payment until the work is done to your satisfaction.
  • Remember, homeowners should know who provides supplies and labor for work performed on your home. Suppliers and subcontractors have a right to file a lien against your property if the general contractor fails to pay them. To protect your property, request lien waivers from the general contractor.