What are the most common mistakes people make when choosing a contractor?
Choosing the contractor based solely on price. It may make your wallet happy, but the lowest bid isn’t always the best. Second, not checking references and inspecting the contractor’s work. Check out past projects: Visit the previous client and run your hands over the counters, open/close drawers.
What’s the best way to check a contractor’s reputability?
Good old word of mouth is the best start. Ask friends for recommendations, then check houzz.com, Angie’s List, the contractor’s website, etc. Then visit your municipality’s website to check local records to confirm that the contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured.
What’s a sure sign at the start of a project that you’ve hired a good contractor?
He should be reachable when you need him, and he should respond to an email promptly. He should also be good at taking notes. Also, notice how the work site looks the first few days in your home. Is it left as neatly as possible at the end of each work day? Also, your personalities should click. These are all good signs that you’ve made a smart hire.
What’s a sign that the work might be shoddy?
One red flag: Your contractor asks you to get permits. In most areas, you have to be a licensed contractor to pull a permit, so this request may be a sign that she doesn’t have a license or that it has lapsed. Also be wary of any contractor who demands a giant deposit early on, such as 30-40%.
Why does a project often take longer than expected?
Sometimes a contractor will open up a wall or remove old fixtures and discover a nasty surprise, such as rot, a bug infestation, or improper framing. Cleaning up those messes can add days or even weeks to a job. Another cause for delay could be a client who changes her mind. Getting in new material or changing an order takes time.
What projects should be handled by a pro?
DIY projects involving electrical, plumbing, or HVAC can be dangerous. Install electrical improperly and you could start a fire. Mess up your plumbing and you could end up with a flood or sewage up to your elbows. If you mess with your HVAC system you could fill your home with poisonous carbon monoxide unknowingly. It’s best to hire a professional from the get-go on these types of projects particularly.
Save yourself any trouble: Call Re-Builders, Inc, a reputable remodeling contractor in Myrtle Beach today at 843-448-0041.
From Real Simple magazine, September 2017 by Jessica Dodd