10 Things Your Contractor Will Not Tell You

Hiring the best top local contractor versus hiring someone with not-so-good credentials can make or break a home improvement project from the onset.  It is unfortunate, but there are some unethical contractors in the industry who only care about making a profit instead of the quality of their work.  To avoid this scenario, here are some of the top things to look out for when choosing a contractor.  Listen carefully when speaking or meeting with a contractor for the first time.  What they say can quickly help you differentiate the good guys from the bad ones.

# 1 Proof of licensure is not important

If a local contractor argues that their license is just a piece of paper and is not important, they may not be the best fit for the homeowner.  Proof of licensure is important because it proves the contractor can legally conduct business in that state of residence.  Good contractors will furnish proof of their licensure without delay.  They will not be hesitant and they will not downplay the importance of this document.

#2 There won’t be any hidden or unexpected costs

With any home improvement project, it is very likely that unexpected costs will appear.  A good contractor will be up front and honestly state there may be some unexpected expenses down the line.  In fact, the best contractors will budget for at least an additional 10% of the total cost for unforeseen expenses that may appear once the project has begun.

#3 They do not have recent references 

A contractor with a solid reputation within the community can easily furnish recent references upon the homeowner’s request.  References can attest to the level of workmanship the contractor has to provide.  These references can be in the form of names and phone numbers, testimonials on the contractor’s website or a portfolio of before and after pictures.

#4 They do not use contract agreements

All contractors need contracts.  These binding agreements are important because they spell out the work that is to be done, the materials to be used, the timeline, and the agreed upon costs of the project.  What’s more is that contracts should be comprehensive.  They should not be simple one-page documents.  They should substantially represent what the contractor will and will not do and signatures from both parties is evidence of agreement on how the project will proceed.

#5 They have had legal troubles in the past

Beware of contractors who mention that other homeowners have made legal claims against them in the past.  Even if the contractor casually mentions they have been sued and won the case, this is still a red flag that they may not be the best contractor for the job.  A professional contractor will never bad mouth previous clients nor will they divulge details of ugly legal battles they have fought in the past.

#6 They offer the lowest fees in the area

The best contractors are those who offer quality services that are not based on low cost.  If they taut the lowest prices in the area take heed that they may be using the lowest priced materials as well.  Low fees may also mean they do not value the level of their workmanship which is a serious red flag.  So, while saving as much as possible may be a priority for the homeowner’s list, remember, sometimes you get what you pay for:  low fees could equate to a poor-quality home improvement job.

#7 Business insurance is not important

Similar to proper licensing, all contractors should have a general liability insurance policy.  Insurance protects not only the contractor and their employees, but it also protects the homeowner as well.

#8 They cut corners wherever possible

Unsavory contractors who cut corners, such as bypassing permits or purchasing the cheapest materials possible, should be avoided at all costs.  This is why it is so important for the homeowner to ask for proof of documentation such as an itemized list of materials that will be used in the project.  The homeowner can then conduct their own research to ensure they are getting the best work for their money.

# 9 They favor the cheapest subcontractor

Good contractors will also choose equally as good subcontractors to handle portions of the project they do not specialize in themselves.  Ask contractors about who they subcontract out to and then conduct research accordingly.  These subcontractors should have stellar reputations within the community as well.  

#10 They have direct experience

Lastly, a good contractor will have years of hands-on, direct experience.  For peace of mind, confirm how long the contractor has been in business as well as how many similar projects they have worked on.  An experienced contractor will be able to get the job done right the first time around and they will know what they’re doing.

To prevent regrets later on due to shoddy workmanship, consider these top ten tips on what a local contractor will never say to you.  To learn more on contractors and their services contact a home remodelling contractor near you today.

This guest post was written by Eugene Aronsky

Eugene is a digital marketing expert and home remodelling enthusiast, he has written many articles about home renovation and design

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply