What would you put in your contract (that maybe you didn't)
As I go along in this process, and read on this forum, I think of things that I perhaps should have specified in the contract with the GC that didn't even cross my mind at the time. Have you any items that you would advise others to think about and specify? Are some of these too detailed for the contract?
Some of these are items that have been a problem, others are items that I didn't specify but luckily have been taken care of anyway in what I think is the proper way but worried about at the time.
Maybe some of these things are also things that the HO can do to hold down costs:
Dust control during demolition and sanding, trash removal, debris removal
What is to be done with the removed appliances, cabinets, sink etc ( if some can be salvaged and used, sold or donated)
Clean-up -- especially after the drywall sanding (the GC is making them come back to do it, fortunately!)
Permits and inspections -- who will get them
Meeting code requirements for electrical and plumbing
Just exactly what the GC is responsible for (payment, permits, quality control etc) and when he will do it, will he visit the job, how often
Are the workers subcontractors or the GC's own employees
What time will the workers be there each day, and for how long (variances subject to notification and agreement)
Who will provide what materials
an approximate timeline for the work -- including when HO will do some things (paint, for example)
Just where the outlets and switches will be placed, with what orientation (ie 2" above counter lever with horizontal orientation)
Placement of light fixtures, how many, what type to accommodate what kind of lights (CFL, LED) and size
Flooring replacement: what kind of flooring material, is it to be level with the flooring in other rooms, will door trim need to be cut or repaired, will the flooring be extended under the dishwasher/sink cabinets.
If insulation has to be removed, how and with what will it be replaced (I had foam insulation in the walls; the guy bluntly refused to install new foam while the walls were open but did put in fiberglass batting)
If wall/ceiling material has to be removed (in my case it was cement board) what will it be replaced with (again in my case, waterproof since it was under the bath) and how finished (paint ready, for tile, etc)
Who will move and re-install appliances to be re-used
How will flooring in both the work area and other traffic areas be protected
If there is something TBD, like exactly how many cans in the ceiling, address either the additional charge for more or discount for less
What kind of trim, baseboard, window, windowsill -- if matching existing, new, re-using, repairing