This post was mainly written for those home owners looking to hire remodeling contractors. Advice on ways to avert a remodeling nightmare.
Having worked several years to get home remodeling contractors, we heard a couple of things besides construct a room addition or the way to waterproof a shower. We learned firsthand that there are awful contractors out there lying and looking to benefit from you.
The bad and Ugly
“Many” contractors will tell you anything to market the job. They make up stories and will make promises, whatever is required to seal the deal. Who wants to work with someone like that or have to manage that person for 3 months or so? You will need a contractor that has your back. This implies that one who will do whatever it takes to make the job right and make you more happy. At least that is what we think that a great contractor should do. The reality is some contractors look at your project for a money making experience and not as a remodeling experience. We know of contractors twice your age with half of the knowledge. They are just businessmen who have building experience.
Look out for salesmen! Perhaps in just a week, they got the job and after getting fired from the auto dealer. My experience with sales people is that they will let you know exactly what you are searching to hear to close the sale and don’t understand the details. When the job has been built they won’t be around. 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 bunch of questions like, did they do 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. In the process, be sure that the contractor does not go. If the customer was joyful they wont mind and they will be happy to promote the contractors business. Think about it, they had been in your shoes a couple months ago.
Get it in writing
Make sure you have the details recorded on your contract. 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.
Do not be scared
This article is 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.
Finally check online for reviews and also the contractors’ board.