In general terms, the contract should specify everything about your remodel from specific materials to statements about the expected quality of workmanship. It should, at minimum, include the following:

– contractor information (name, address, license number, phone number),

– statement of what the contractor will and will not do,

– a list of all materials (including size, color, model number and manufacturer),

– a dated copy of all drawings and diagrams,

– start and finish dates,

– work start and finish times,

– how changes and change orders will be handled,

– a one-year warranty,

– a binding arbitration clause,

– a statement of how the contract can be cancelled, and

– a statement that the contractor will provide affidavits of final release, final payment or final lien waiver from all subcontractors and suppliers.

You should also include a statement that the contractor cannot transfer the job to another contractor without your permission and a schedule of payment times and terms.