Home Improvement Contracts in South Carolina
- South Carolina LAW: Know The Facts
Home improvement contracts are agreements that are made between a homeowner and a construction or development company. They can include anything from small home projects to a complete home makeover.
A contract is required for almost all types of home improvement projects even small ones, this is usually because most homeowners want the project to be finished by a specified date and within an agreed financial budget.
There are many types of projects that are the subject of home improvement contracts such as:
Repair of worn out or broken buildings
Installation of new doors, flooring, rooms, roofs, etc.
Improvement work to bathrooms and showers
Installation or repair to larger recreational items for such as swimming pools
Landscaping for yards and gardens
Almost all types of home improvement projects in South Carolina require a contract. Such contracts are standard especially if the homeowner has never worked with this construction company or business before. However, it is wise to use a written contract regardless of previous dealings with businesses or not. Also, to be enforceable under law, home improvements need to be done in a specific way that follows your state and local contract requirements.
Home improvement contracts usually contain essential information, for example:
The people involved in the home improvement project (the homeowner and the construction company)
The names and contact information of each person and business
The type of the project being done
An agreed upon price for the job including, materials, labor, and other costs for the project
Any deadlines or agreed upon time frames for the completion of the home improvements
Another thing to note is that some contracts include a “no-litigation” clause, this means that both parties agree to resolve disputes through negotiation rather than through a lawsuit. Depending on the type of the project, these types of clauses may or may not be beneficial, considering they can restrict the parties’ options concerning legal aid. It is always a good idea to have a lawyer review any major contracts before signing them. The Bill Connor Law Firm is here to ensure you and your home are protected.
What happens if a Home Improvement Contract in South Carolina is Violated?
When a home improvement contract is violated in South Carolina, the non-breaching party can ordinarily recover losses under contract laws, considering the agreement is a contract.
In most home improvement contracts, a breach is usually when the construction crew does not finish the job by the agreed upon time or deadline, or when the job is left uncompleted. In such cases, the non-breaching homeowner may be able to recover losses caused by these delays or errors; this can also depend upon state contract laws.
Do I Need a Lawyer in South Carolina for Help With a Home Improvement Contract?
Home improvement contracts help ensure that both parties are accountable by creating a written document of the terms, details, and agreements of the project. Home improvement contracts need to be clearly written and reviewed by an experienced lawyer.
Call Attorney Bill Connor at The Bill Connor Law Firm in Orangeburg South Carolina Today.