It may seem like a simple choice, but hiring the right contractor to undertake a remodeling job on your property is one of the most important choices that you will ever make. It’s important that when you hire a remodeling contractor you consider all the mistakes people have made in the past.
Of all the mistakes people make when they hire a remodeling contractor, these are three of the biggest.
The Contractor Bids Are Too Low
This is one of the most common mistakes people make when they choose a contractor. When we look at contractor bids, we are always thinking about how much it costs. But when it comes to the bigger picture, we’ve got to think beyond the price. It’s always tempting to look at two different proposals and choose the cheaper one. But when you choose a contractor, and their bid is lower, you have to ask yourself why. There are many things that you need to remember when hiring a contractor. And if they are offering to do the job really cheaply, there are so many things that you’ve got to think about.
Apart from the quality of the work, they may be bidding lower because they are using cheaper materials or lack experience. Cheaper materials are fine for them, but will they stand the test of time in your home? You’ve got to pay for quality. And remember, if you pay cheap now, by investing in cheap flimsy materials, you will be paying the same amount in a few years to make up for the damage. You might find that they are bidding low to win the job because of their lack of experience which could end in shotty work.
The Salesman Is Nice (almost Too Nice…)
When we are dealing with a remodeling contractor we are, in many ways, at a disadvantage. We don’t know the ins and outs of remodeling, but one of the biggest red flags is the general demeanor of the salesperson. When we speak to a salesman or saleswoman, if they are overly nice, this could mean they are incredibly skilled in the gift of the gab. One of the problems is that when we speak to salespeople is that we’re not getting a true reflection of the work they do.
Nobody likes to be sold things beyond their will. This is why it’s important to conduct due diligence and make sure you get a good feeling when you speak to the remodeling contractor. If they’re trying to blindside you with terminology you don’t understand, do not feel afraid to stop the conversation dead in its tracks or get clarification on each process they perform or product they use.
Not Checking References
When we are looking for a contractor, it is vital that we conduct due diligence, and this is the best place to begin. We have to check the references, not just with previous customers, but with the state. We need to check if they are properly licensed, and when we find this out, we can go further. You could check with the Local Chamber of Commerce or the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any additional issues. Once you have covered all of this, you can ask for a list of former customers from the contractor.
These days, there’s a lot of reviews online that can help you get the answers you need, like how long they took to complete the remodel or if they did a good job, which are the things you deserve to know the answers to.
For more than 40 years, D.E. Rink Construction has had the pleasure to build over 1100 custom homes and remodeling projects and we would love the opportunity to start working on your custom remodel or building your dream home today! Give us a call today at (541)-388-0719!