When Hiring Contractors, You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For
Many people hire contractors to perform repairs and improvements on their homes and expect the process to go quite smoothly. Sure, most expect a problem or two, but many never see one of the common contractor disasters when it’s coming. If you don’t want to be taken for a ride, make sure you follow these tips when hiring contractors.
Cheapest Isn’t Best
If a few contractors provide you with quotes of three-thousand to five-thousand dollars for a project and another contractor is willing to do it for one thousand, you might want to ask yourself why he’s able to charge so much less. When it comes to repairs and improvements on your home, you don’t want a contractor that’s going to cut corners or perform shoddy work.
Make Sure They’re Licensed
In most areas, contractors need to be licensed to perform certain types of work. To ensure you’re dealing with a professional, make sure the contractor you hire is licensed to provide the work you require.
Opt For Well-Established Contractors
A contractor who’s been providing quality services in your area for over ten years is a better choice than a brand-new contractor that’s just come to town. What if the brand-new contractor takes your deposit and then closes shop? You’ll be out that money with little to no recourse. A reputable, long-established contractor isn’t likely to go anywhere.
Check into Subcontracting Policies
You may not want to hire a contractor who hires subcontractors to do the work. It’s not common, but I’ve heard of people being stuck with two bills because of this situation. You pay the contractor, the contractor hires the subcontractor, the subcontractor is never paid by the contractor and goes after you for the money. Depending on local laws, you could be out of luck.
If you want to avoid this situation, hire a contractor who will perform the work himself or who has actual employees who can do the work. Subcontractors aren’t an ideal situation.
Do Your Homework
As long as you know what to look for when hiring a contractor and you know what questions to ask, you should be able to avoid the hassles many others have experienced when hiring a contractor for their repair or improvement needs.