How to Hire a Home Remodeling Contractor
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 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
“Many” contractors will tell you anything to market the job. They make up stories and will make promises. Who wants to work with someone like that or have to manage 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 a 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 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 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 in charge of 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? Did they create change requests? Did 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. Be sure that the contractor doesn’t go. 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.
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 finish date. We’ve observed remodeling contractors blame the homeowner because the job didn’t go as intended. Do not offer them a budget to use, which will be just 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 article is 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 to look out for the wolf in sheep’s clothing or something like this.
Finally check online for reviews and also the contractors’ board.