Even the best jobs meticulously planned out by the most professional of remodelers can encounter an unexpected roadblock requiring a change order. That's not a bad thing! It's just part of the job, and it's something you should plan for. Even the most cooperative clients could balk at a change order, so don't forget to write it down. Mark Paskell over at the Contractor Coaching Partnership Blog lists nine steps to follow so you and your clients are on the same page when it comes to change orders:

  1. Include a clear change order policy in your contract with an acceptance signature line and have your client acknowledge that they understand and agree to your terms.
  2. In your contract state that all change orders have to be memorialized in writing and paid for either in advance or by the agreed payment schedule for the work.
  3. Clearly state that the change order will add additional time to the completion date.
  4. Remember to add change order amounts to the contract price so the client always knows the total increase to the contract.

That's just the first four pieces of Paskell's advice. No one likes change orders, so click on the link below and read the rest of his advice over at the Contractor Coaching Partnership Blog so the process is as painless as possible.

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