Colorado Construction Law – consumer advice

Posted by: Sep 29, 2013By Brian Stutheit

Denver construction defect attorney

Brian Stutheit wants consumers to heed this information from FEMA.  It was issued to advise Coloradans affected by floods, but is good advice for anyone dealing with a contractor.   Keep these consumer safety tips in mind when working with contractors:

  • Get three written estimates for repair work. Then check credentials and contact your local Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce to learn about any complaints against the contractor or business.
  • Before work begins, make sure you get a written contract detailing all the work to be performed, the costs, a projected completion date, and how to negotiate changes and settle disputes.
  • Make sure the contract clearly states who will obtain the necessary permits. Consider having a lawyer review the contract if substantial costs are involved. Keep a copy of the signed contract.
  • If the contractor provides any guarantees, they should be written into the contract clearly, stating what is guaranteed, who is responsible for the guarantee and how long the guarantee is valid.
  • Pay only by check or a credit card. A reasonable down payment may be required to buy materials for some projects, but don’t pay anything without a signed contract.