How to Hire a Home Remodeling Contractor
We wrote this post on how to hire any remodeling contractor. 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 learnt firsthand that there are contractors that were evil out there lying and looking to take advantage of 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 wishes to work with someone like that or need to deal with that person for 3 weeks or so? You will only need a contractor that has your back. 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 twice your age with half the knowledge. They are only businessmen with not much construction experience.
Look out for salesmen! Maybe a it has only been a week since they have the job and After getting fired from the car 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? Speak to the contractor! You have to speak with their references. Call the homeowner and ask a bunch of questions like, did they do as promised? Did they create change requests? Can they finish on time? How can 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 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 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 have observed remodeling contractors blame the homeowner because the job did not go as intended. Do not give them a budget as this will 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 afraid
This article is 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 the to watch out for the wolf in sheep’s clothes or something like that.
Lastly, check on the internet for reviews and the contractors’ board.