Reading Contracts - Renovation Planning - 10 Steps You Don't Want to Skip - Bob Vila
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Read The Fine Print
Read the whole contract word-by-word. The contract should protect both you and the remodeler, so make sure you get it right. Ask your contractor to explain any remodeling terms you are not familiar with. Make sure everything is spelled out clearly—from fees to timeline to responsibilities. If it's not in the contract, it doesn't exist.