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What date should be used in Minnesota for the Date of Contract if a contract isn't signed?

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Most of the projects in Minnesota that we are a General Contractor on are emergency electrical jobs. Most of the time, the customer calls into the office, a price is given, and the project is started in a day or two. A contract is never actually signed, so what should our date of contract be? The date that they call us, or the date that we start on the job?

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Apr 4, 2018
First, I'll note that having a written contract will always be the safer route. Without the terms of the agreement put down in writing - such as the price or the scope of work - disputes are more likely to pop up. When they do, settling disputes can turn into a he-said, she-said battle. What's more, any states don't allow mechanics liens based on verbal contracts, but Minnesota does not appear to require a written contract in order to file a lien. Anyway, typically a "date of contract" would be based on when an agreement was reached rather than when work actually takes place.
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