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ByDanny Shwedel

This may be funny-but NOT if it happened to you…A must see clip if you are doing construction or renovation in Israel (3 Minute video)

In this short comedy sketch-the contractor shows his client, his half built apartment.

See what can happen, if you begin construction or renovation in Israel-without a clear, signed contract.

The contractor is showing his client around his half built house. There are changes that need to be made in the construction. The client wants to fix the  30 electrical outlets in one place, the sink was fitted high up-next to the ceiling, to name a few.

The contractor agrees to “upgrade” and demands thousands of shekel for all these “crazy luxuries.”  This was comedy, but the family in this news feature, were certainly not laughing.

Whether you are buying a property on paper,or doing a smaller construction or renovation project, there are always faults, mistakes, and things that need changing along the way.

If you don’t have a clear signed contract,which explicitly states:

  • the plan for construction,
  • the deadlines for each stage of the construction

You will find yourself paying for a lot of extra work (and angst).

If you are buying on paper, doing construction and renovation in Israel, before you begin- make sure you have a signed contract.

Find out more about preparing a contract, that will protect your interests, and your pocket.

Read more here about the importance of a contract.

Or watch here about a real family, who suffered the consequences, when they started a building project without a signed contract.

ByDanny Shwedel

What can happen if you dont have a contract: 3 tips to avoid this happening to you. (3 minute video)

This short news piece, tells the heart-breaking story of a family, left with a half renovated house…

A family in israel with 3 children, wanted to renovate their house. They started working with one contractor, who disappeared. The new contractor offered an attractive price. They wrote up a contract, and committed to paying him a sum of 120,000 shekel.  However the contractor would make excuses to avoid actually signing the forms.

After receiving the payment, the contractor started trying to squeeze more and more money out of them. He demanded payment of 300,000 for “extras” in order to finish the work.

The family were left just before Yom Kippur, with 3 kids, including a baby, with no way to pay the 300,000 shkalim that he was demanding, and a house that was not fit for living in.

Stories like this one are unfortantely not rare

The news feature explains:

In a year, 16 000 renovation projects end in disagreements like this one.

What are these disagreement usually  about?

  • Financial disagreements
  • Failure to sticking to the time frame
  • Lack of professionalism
  • Stopping the work in the middle of the project
  • Not finishing the project
  • How can you avoid these situations?

  1. Check that the contractor is listed on the Ministry of Construction “misrad ha binui vehashikun”
  2. Insist on a detailed contract, outlining deadlines, and a building plan
  3. Sign the contract before starting the work

Be In touch  with Meatzvim and we can help you draw up a contract to protect you.  A detailed contract, will give you the confidence, that your building project goes to plan without a “balagan” like this one.