This post was mainly written for those home owners looking to hire remodeling contractors. Advice on ways best 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 wishes to work with somebody like this or have to deal with that person for 3 months or so? You will 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 think a 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 of contractors twice your age with half of the knowledge. They are only businessmen with not much construction 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’ll be responsible for running your work and the employees? Speak to the contractor! Additionally, you should try to speak with their references. Call the homeowner and ask a bunch of questions like, did they do as promised? Did they make change orders? Can they finish on time? How would you rate the quality?
We also recommend speak to the homeowner and to see the recently finished job and see that the work on your own. Make sure the contractor doesn’t accompany you. They won’t mind if the client was really happy and they’ll 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’ve got the information. Make Sure you do not pay before work completion and have a payment / progress schedule. Get a start and finish date. We have observed remodeling contractors blame the homeowner because the job did not go as intended. Do not offer them a budget that would be like giving your credit card to a child. You need to have a list of what it is you’re getting for that sum and price.
Don’t be afraid
This guide is meant to protect you, not scare you. You will find good remodeling contractors out there, but you have to guard your house and be educated. 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.