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 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 contractors out there lying and looking to benefit from you, the homeowner.
The bad and Ugly
“Many” contractors will tell you anything to market the job. They will make promises and make up stories. Who wants to work with someone like that or have to manage that person for 3 months or so? You will only need a contractor that has your back. Will do whatever is required to create the work right and also make you happy. At least that is what we believe that a contractor must do. The sad truth is some contractors view your project as a money making experience and much less as one remodeling experience. We know contractors who may be twice your age but with half 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 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. When your project has been assembled they will not be around. Who’ll be responsible for running your work and the employees? 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? Did 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. Be sure that the contractor doesn’t go. If the customer was joyful they wont mind and they will be happy to promote the contractors business. Think about it, they were in your shoes a few months ago.
Get it in writing
Ensure you have the details all in writing. 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 comprehensive list of what it is you’re getting for this amount and a set price.
Don’t be frightened
This article 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 to watch out for the wolf in sheep’s clothing or something like this.
Finally check on the internet for reviews and also the contractors’ board.