: > Quick question. I am going to remodel my attic. I have yet to
: > the knee walls and the framing necessary prior to the
: > the electrical components. I want to get a firm quote on the
: > before I proceed with the framing. I got an estimate from an
: > electirician to do all of the electrical, bring addn'l lines
: > the basement etc. Several days after he visited my home he
gave me a
: > verbal estimate of the total cost over the phone. No real
: > included. I then asked him to provide me with a written
: > declined. He said he wanted to wait until he was ready to
: > job. I feel that he should be able to provide a written
estimate of the
: > costs now. Am I being unreasonable?
: > Thanks
: A "contract" is made of two elements.
: Offer and acceptance.
: The contractor (and make SURE he is a contractor) OFFERS to do
the work for
: a price.
: The owner ACCEPTS the offer, and they have a CONTRACT.
: If there is no written offer, there can be no contract. Verbal
: are worth the paper they're written on. They are enforceable,
but only if
: you 're lucky, and if you DO win, you don't have much of a
chance of relief.
: You should ask your "contractor" to have their insurance
company (ies) send
: you documentation of worker's compensation coverage, liability
: surety bond.
: If they don't do this, they aren't a contractor. Or not a good
: You may be the general, or owner contractor on the job, and be
: hire subs that don't have a contractor's license, but it CAN
: from there. Laws vary from state to state.
: Bottom line, if you want to be more sure that it's done and
done right, hire
: a contractor. I said more sure, because there isn't any
guarantee that you
: won't have problems with a licensed contractor. But you are
less likely to.
: With subs and unlicensed contractors, it can turn into the
attic job from
: I would say if this person won't put it in writing, they're not
: contractor. Be wary hiring them. Buy all materials yourself
: money. NEVER, repeat NEVER, let them get ahead of you in the
: money paid versus the amount of work done.
: Contracting without a license (even giving an estimate to do
work) is a
: felony in my state, and they have FINALLY started enforcing it
Excellent post, especially the insurance and bonding mention.
Those are very important: Without it, they're working on YOUR
homeowner's insurance protection. And could sue you as I saw
happen two summers ago. Dropped a chimney stone on his foot -
broke a toe. Sued the guy in small claims. Lost, but still ...