A few weeks ago, we covered a few common construction contract terms on our blog. That post barely scratched the surface of what verbiage might show up in such a contract, as you can probably imagine. People have written entire books on that subject, and even then, they almost always have to leave out some information that could come up in certain contract cases.
The complexity of construction contracts and the extensive body of knowledge that goes with it are reasons that you might want to have a professional vet any construction contracts you plan on signing. If you are the contractor, it's often critical to work with someone experienced in construction law when creating your contracts. Even the tiniest missed detail can result in the loss of a great deal of money or the addition of future hassle.
One of the first things that a professional will do is ensure that a contract is complete. Construction contracts should include pertinent information such as a detailed description of the work to be done and a detailed breakdown of the costs, price and payment agreement. Schedules, secondary plans in the event of delays and the responsibilities for various licenses and subcontracts should also be included.
Finally, the contract is only legally binding if it is properly executed. A professional can help you decide whether a contract should be witnessed and notarized to make it more binding should a dispute arise. If you've already signed a construction contract and now you believe another party has breached that contract, reach out to a construction law attorney for advice about the best steps to take to protect your interests.