Construction contracts

Construction contracts clarify agreements between you and your customers.
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Make contracts for construction and remodeling FAQs

A Construction Contract defines the work to be completed and payment terms. It also includes protections for both parties such as insurance requirements and indemnity clauses. Construction contracts help handymen and small construction companies get paid on time.

I'm a handyman who works on small remodels, do I need a service contract?

Even if you only work part-time on small contracts, a Construction Contract or Handyman Contract is beneficial. Contracts define the work to be done and can help you get paid in a timely manner. While you may be able to win a small claims court case with a verbal agreement, you'll succeed easier with a signed contract if your customer doesn't pay.

Handyman Contracts include:

  • Contract information for both parties
  • Descriptions of the work to be completed
  • When the work will start and be completed
  • What materials the contractor will supply and what the customer will supply
  • Insurance requirements
  • Injury, severability and indemnification clauses
  • Agreements to comply with state and local law

Can I include a deposit in my Construction Contract?

Many large contractors do not charge a deposit unless they need to special order expensive materials. In that case, they may choose to bill for the cost of goods at the time the expense incurs. Some states limit how much a contractor can charge in-advance or as a deposit. These laws are intended to protect the consumer. Experienced contractors or construction companies have enough capital to perform their jobs; however, if you are just starting out or perform a few side jobs, you may not.

Our contracts offer you the option of configuring installment payments which may help smaller companies who cannot front the entire cost of the job upfront. To help take some of the financial burden off of you, you could:

  • Invoice your client for the cost of materials (make sure they know this in advance and agree to it)
  • Include installment payments in the contract due when specific goals are met
  • Take out a construction loan based on your credit, revenue flow and accounts receivables
  • Use a business credit card to help cover the cost of materials upfront

What kind of construction and home improvement contracts does Rocket Lawyer provide?

Whether you own a small construction company or are a handyman that works alone, we provide a choice of construction contracts to help you with your business. All contracts are customizable and suitable for any state. You can edit, save and sign contracts online or using your mobile phone. They also can be downloaded as a Word or PDF file for printing.

You can use a general contract form or contracts for specific types of jobs, such as:

  • Carpentry
  • Drywall
  • Electrical
  • Flooring
  • Handyman
  • HVAC
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • Roofing