A scope of work should cover every aspect of the project, including:
An important thing to note on a scope of work is whether or not you (the homeowner) is responsible for anything. Be aware that if you choose to take on some projects yourself, or if you want to hire any of the sub trades yourself, it needs to be noted in the scope and you must agree to all the responsibilities and liabilities that come with it. These can include:
Somewhere in the SOW it must state that no changes or amendments to the work order will be valid unless in writing and signed by Homeowner and Contractor. This type of amendment is called a change of work (COW).
The nature of renovations is that unexpected situations and problems will occur. It’s also possible that you might want to do some things that hadn’t occurred to you when you made the original plan. These changes should be documented with a “change of work order” which includes the new work that has to be done and an invoice from the contractor. Attach this to the original scope of work so you have everything together. These documents will act as your working contract.
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Don’t be afraid to call your municipality’s permit office to discuss your project. They can help you understand the process and make it run smoother.