What to Expect After Signing a Remodeling Contract

There are a lot of highs and lows in remodeling. Sometimes, uncertainty can lead to some of the lows. We often talk about the remodeling emotional roller coaster which can help you predict how you may feel during certain parts of the remodeling process. Homeowners want to know what happens once they sign their remodeling contract and what to expect. I’ll dive into this more in this blog.

Massachusetts Laws

So, here are a few things to know that are happening behind the scenes. When you sign your contract, it may not seem a lot is happening during the days after the contract is signed. In Massachusetts, your contractor must wait 3 days before they can do anything- that is because of the cancellation law. You have 3 business days from the time you sign your contract to cancel your contract.

Once the 3 days have passed the Almar team will start what we call the “hand-off” process. We then update our systems, get all the files and information together, and hand it off to everyone on the team to review.

Sorting out the Details

Then, we’ll meet and talk about the details of the project. We’ll talk about what action items need to happen right away. If we need to come out and get measurements. We may need to put together a plan for acquiring plot plans or septic plans.


Then, we apply for your building permit, if needed, this process can take up to 30 days to get a response back from the town if we have submitted everything they want. Sometimes, they will come back to us and want more information, or to update us with changes on the paperwork. Depending on the size and scope of the project you may have to go through a few different town departments before building permits are approved.


While you start to finalize your selections, we will be getting your online portal set up through BuilderTrend. BuilderTrend lets you walk through all the details, make selections, and see the teams’ updates about your project. We will send you an introduction email to introduce you to the Project Manager and some of the team members who’ll be guiding you through the process.

We need to ensure that all the necessary paperwork, material orders, and trade partnerships are in place. Our team ensures that we have available team members before we can proceed with updating the schedule and initiating the project for your home.

Hopefully, this helps give you a little more insight into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into getting your project lined up to start so we can help you make your remodeling dreams a reality and help you live your best life. Contact Almar (781-826-2577) and watch our videos.

Allison Guido

Almar's CEO has over 20 years of experience in the remodeling industry. She is constantly learning and looking for ways to improve our homeowners' remodeling process and experience. Her mission is to break the Contractor Stereo Type and provide a great product at a good price for our homeowners.