Having problems fixed at your home can be a stressful and aggravating task. There are many unreliable, under qualified, and flat out scam artist contractors and repair companies out there. This article will explore the common pitfalls while showing you how to avoid mistakes that could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars.
I’m sure most of us have seen the show “To Catch a Contractor” with with comedian Adam Carolla. He helps people that have been swindled by contractors financially or flat out did not finish the job. Many people fall victim to predatory contractors and poor repair services every year. There are many steps that you can take to make sure you are not the next victim on a bad contractors hit list.
When hiring a contractor make sure to ask for references. Not only should you get many references from them, but be sure to call those references. Don’t be afraid to even ask to view previously completed jobs. This will give you an opportunity to see the quality of the contractor’s work as well.
There are many steps that you can take to avoid getting ripped off as well. Make sure to get many bids, especially on larger projects. Let the contractor know that you will be getting other bids as well. Sometimes they are willing to negotiate down the price when the realize others will be giving bids. This can help save hundreds or thousands in the process, but make sure to also follow through with the references of those contractors as well. Sometimes the highest priced guy is not always the best quality of work, and sometimes the lowest priced guy is the highest quality of work. Believe it or not there are honest companies and contractors out there available for great prices that do fantastic work.
Larger companies seem like the best option to go with but they are not always the best. There are large companies that are rip-offs while there are small ones that aren’t. Our friends recommend looking into the smaller companies or the “lone wolf” self employed guys as well. Sometimes they are easier to deal with, cost lest, and provide an exception amount of service. You have the power of the internet at your fingers and there are many review sites out there featuring contractors and home repair companies. This will help your review process and evaluations. Always remember that there can never be too much research done on a particular contractor.