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Most states do have a 3 day right of recison. This allows a customer to cancel a contract without any penalties and or fees within 3 business days of contract. However in most cases that rule does not apply and the law does not apply if you have invited the contractor over and or if you have gone to their place of business. This law was put in place for the high pressure door knockers.
Again if you set up an apointment with a contractor and invited them to your home the 3 day does not apply.
That said if there is a real good reason, car accident, unforseen expsences etc. most contractors will allow you out of a contract even if after 3 days.
Lastly please keep in mind usually 30% of the cost of the job is actually before the job has started, marketing, commisions, adminstration etc. etc.
I hope this helps.
Tim Brown RGS Exteriors and Contruction
In MN. we have the same 3 day right to rescind. This is standardized form (written legibally) in type 10 bold letter type. My understanding, it is required to be given to the client if contract you sign is in the homeowners residense. Not if the contract is signed in the our company's office. We give it to our clients either way. The 1st day starts the day after you sign and is counted daily except for weekends and holidays.
The real issue is... if you are having 2nd thoughts about being in contract with a particular contractor. I am thinking that I as a contractor, I would certainly need to know the issues, even if after "3 days right to rescind" has passed. I typically don't order product for any project until the time period has passed. If you want to get out of your contractoral obligations, there should not be any financial obligations from your part if contract is legally rescinded according to the form and in an appropriate time period. If after there may be some fees as your contractor may have spent time to proceed with your material and scheduling process for your project.
Hope this helps.
I would agree...let you contractor know immeately by a phone all that you are excersising your 3 day option. Then follow the cancellation by the letter of the law.
I would recommend that you keep it professional, short an if possible friendly. If the contractor wants to know how they could have done it better, please be factural and not immotional.
In MA we have the three day right of recession policy. Our contracts have a Notice of Cancellation document that is in NCR form. The homeowner mails or faxes back a signed copy within three days.
If your document is unreadable which to me is a warning sign I would call them and ask them what to do and send an email cancelling as well.
If you have any further questions you can call me at 978-304-0495. Hope I was able to help you.
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