If you have decided to hire a contractor or architect to provide you with their services, a good contract to which you both agree, should be signed and in place. A contract ensures that the project will meet your specifications and expectations. A well-written contract should be fully detailed, outlining every step of the process and the quality of all materials. The contract should elaborate on the requirements of both parties to avoid misunderstandings. Architects and contractors who are unwilling to commit to a written contract should not be hired. Although they might be capable, unwillingness to commit to a contract indicates a lack of professionalism and indicates a potential for future problems. Contracts prevent misunderstandings, changes in materials, and costly mistakes.

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