We wrote this article for all homeowners looking to redesign through the hire of a contractor. Advice on ways to avert a remodeling nightmare.
Having worked several years for home remodeling contractors, we discovered a couple of things besides how to waterproof a shower or build a room addition. We learned firsthand that there are awful contractors out there lying and looking to benefit from you.
The bad and ugly
“Some” contractors will inform you just about anything to market their occupation. They will make promises and make up stories. Who wishes to work with somebody like this or have to deal with that person for 3 months or so? You need to only engage with one who has your back completely. Will do anything which is necessary to make the work right and also make you more happy. At least that is what we think that a great contractor should do. The fact is some contractors look at your job for a money making experience and not as one on a quality remodeling experience. We know contractors twice your age with half the knowledge. They are just businessmen who have building experience.
Look out for salesmen! Maybe a it has only been a week since they have the job and After getting fired from the car dealer. My experience with sales folks is that they will tell you exactly what you are currently searching to hear to close the sale and don’t understand the details. They won’t be around when your job is being done. Who will be responsible for running your job and the workers? Talk to the contractor! You will need to talk to their references. Call the homeowner and ask a whole lot of questions for example, did they perform as promised? Can they create change orders? Can they finish on time? How can you rate the quality?
Also we recommend to visit with recently finished job and speak to the homeowner directly and see that the job for yourself. Make sure the contractor doesn’t accompany you. If the client was pleased by their job they won’t mind and at the same time they will be happy to promote the contractor’s business. Think about it, they were in your shoes a few months ago.
Get it in writing
Ensure you’ve got the information. Make sure you do not pay before job completion and have a payment / progress schedule. Get a start and finish date. We’ve observed remodeling contractors blame the homeowner because the job didn’t go as intended. Do not offer them a budget that would be like giving your credit card to a child. You must have a thorough list of what it is you’re currently receiving for this amount and a set cost.
Don’t be afraid
This guide is meant to protect you, not scare you. You will find you have to guard your home for the ones that are terrible and be informed, although good remodeling contractors out there. Bear in mind the to watch out for the wolf in sheep’s clothes or something like that.
Lastly, check on the internet for reviews and the contractors’ board.