Following are the brief description of all the details required for a contract:
Make a note of including the starting as well the ending dates of the construction.
The payment schedule should be included in the contract. A payment schedule should be drafted well in advance and it should be crystalline clear about, what are all the intervals (of time and stages of construction) where few deposits can be relieved to the contractor. This should even include the additional amount that should be given to the company for purchasing raw material which is required for the project. Here the percentage of amount that should be given will vary from state to state as per laws and this should be properly verified with the local building department to avoid confusion.
If the Dallas roofing contractor offers a warranty in written form, then consider including all the details like the workmanship and the construction material. As well try collecting and including the contact information of the contractor, distributor and such people who are responsible for completing the project in the estimated time and even the constraints that are applicable for the ultimate success.
Thinking on the other side, if at any cost a dispute arises make it clear in the beginning itself hoe the contractor will be referring to it and what will be the measures he will be taking to solve the dispute. Kindly go through the state laws as they vary getting in contact with the local building department. Go through the consumer tips even.
To be on the safer side, let this warranty be so official between yourself and the contractor.
Try including the Federal Trade Commission's three day right of rescission in your contract, as this allows you to void your contract within three business days of its signing.
Be keen in remembering that the contractors should be able to purchase all the permits required for the construction. (Consumer Tips "Warning Signs" might help you here for further information.)
Make a note of considering the contractors insurance should be in force at the time of signing the contract, this might help you at odd times.
Each individual's duty should be drafted very clearly to avoid confusion. As an example, duty of cleaning section of the whole construction after completion and such. All these might drive away confusions as well saves the time.
And lastly but not the least, the materials to be used including the brand names, quantity, measurements are to be mentioned in a written form. As well excluding generalities try mentioning here what are all the specific works the contractor has agreed to work on and such.