Hiring a contractor? Here's what needs to be in the contract

PHOENIX - We see it too much. Consumers pay a contractor, are unhappy with the work, but don't have the proof to get help.

If you want some windows installed, concrete poured, or your yard landscaped your first stop should be with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZROC).

The agency regulates just about every construction related trade in the state.

And after confirming the proper license, having a legally binding contract is crucial.

Jeff Wills, Assistant Director Compliance & Chief of Investigations, says it should include, "a scope of the work that outlines everything that's going to be done on that particular job."

State law requires that any construction contracts over $1000 include specific information including:

-contractor's name, address and license number

-name of owner and address for property

-date the contract was entered into

-an estimated date of completion

-a description of the work to be done

-total dollar amount be paid by the customer

-any deposit already paid

-dollar amount of progress payments at each phase of construction

Wills says having a clear contract makes his job a lot easier if there are problems that need investigation during the project.

The AZROC has a really good list of things consumers should do while looking for a contractor. You can find out more here.  

 

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