We wrote this post on how to hire any remodeling contractor. 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 contractors out there lying and looking to benefit from you, the homeowner.
The bad and ugly
“Some” contractors will inform you just about anything to market their occupation. They make up stories and will make promises. Who wishes to work with someone like that or need to deal with that person for 3 weeks or so? You need to only engage with one who has your back completely. Will do whatever is required to create the work right and also make you happy. At least that is what we think that a great contractor should do. The sad truth is some contractors view your project as a money making experience and much less as one 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 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 bunch of questions like, did they do as promised? Did they create change requests? Did they finish on time? How would you rate the quality?
In addition, we recommend for you to visit a recently finished job and talk to the homeowner and see the work for yourself. Make sure the contractor doesn’t accompany you. 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
Make sure you have the details recorded on your contract. Make sure you have a payment / advancement schedule and you should not be compelled to pay before job completion. Get a start and end date in writing. 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 frightened
This guide is meant to protect you, not scare you. You will find good remodeling contractors on the market, but you have to secure your home for the ones that are terrible as you need to be educated. 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.