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A contract with a builder or remodeler should be specific and detailed. It should include the kinds of materials to be used and, when possible, specify brand names, colors, grades, styles, and model numbers. The contract should also include the names of any subcontractors and suppliers of material.
Items to look for in a contract:
Any contractor, subcontractor, or material supplier may file a mechanic’s lien against the property where they worked if they are not paid for their labor or materials. State law allows a consumer to pay a subcontractor directly and deduct that amount from the total contract price. Another option is to withhold that amount from the contractor for 120 days after the work is completed, unless the contractor has provided waivers signed by the contractors who give up their right to file a lien against the property. Minnesota law provides procedures and conditions that protect homeowners from being the target of an unfair mechanic’s lien, though only a court can determine whether a lien is valid.
For help with a dispute with a residential contractor call 800-657-3944 (press 5) or email [email protected].