Many homeowners dread the process of finding the right contractor to hire. Others just go with the least expensive bidder. Why not? If “Tommy in a tool belt” says he can do the same job for less money than I am sure he can. A contractor is a contractor right? WRONG! If Tommy has given you a lower bid then the competitors it is important to investigate why. If not, you may find yourself spending more money to repair the problems Tommy caused then actually hiring the more qualified contractor in the first place.
How is Tommy able to charge less than the other guys? Because last month he was a roofer and maybe the month before that he was a plumber. He is what we call a fly-by-night worker. Without the overhead fees associated in running a legitimate business it is easy to come in as the lowest bid. However, that lowest bid often comes with no license, no insurance, and surely a lack of experience.
Good contractors display a different set of characteristics than bad contractors. You can usually tell you’ve got a good contractor when your contractor:
1. Is willing to show you proof of his insurance, license and provide references to the quality of his work.
2. Wants to work with a contract that clearly defines his responsibilities as well as the homeowner’s.
3. Doesn’t insist you pay for a job upfront and requires only a deposit to begin work.
4. Uses quality materials as called for in the contract and doesn’t try to substitute lower quality goods.
5. Shows up at the job site and supervises his workers and subcontractors.
6. Treats your home and property with respect.
7. Welcomes questions from the homeowner and/or designer.
8. Finishes the job on time or very close to the schedule.
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