When you close the deal on your first home, you may or may not already be thinking about renovation projects you want to undertake. Even if you think everything is just right, it’s usually only a matter of time before you think about changing one more aspects of the home.
Fortunately, home renovation is more accessible than ever. Not only is there a plethora of free information and affordable DIY materials – there is healthy competition in the field of professional home renovation, with more contractors able to get greater results for less.
This also means, unfortunately, that certain contractors are failing to live up to the highest standards of quality and service. The reasons for this can be manifold. For instance, a contractor could have time conflicts that arise from poor scheduling practices, or from taking on too many projects without a realistic idea of how long they’re going to take. There are also cases in which a contractor simple doesn’t have the experience or professional training needed to deliver excellent results. Finally, there are those few unfortunately contractors who simply engage in bad business practices, often finding ways to leave their clients with the short end of the stick.
Could you have hired the wrong contractor for your current renovation project? This is a question that you’ll hopefully never have to ask. But if you do find yourself wondering if you made the right choice, it may still be possible to go in a different direction. Here are 3 reasons to look for a different home renovation company:
1. There were problems with a previous project
Some folks hire the same contractor for a second project, even if they were dissatisfied with some aspect of the first project. Granted, there are situations in which mistakes happen and the contractor makes things right. But there are also cases where people default to a known contractor simply to avoid the search for a new one. This can compromise quality in the long term.
2. The company you’re about to hire isn’t communicating
Prompt and friendly communication is an early sign that your project – and your time – will be taken seriously throughout the project. Contractors who over-extend themselves in order to land more contracts shouldn’t be surprised when people end up writing mediocre or negative reviews about their renovation experiences.
3. The fee structure isn’t clear
Home renovations are a big investment, and like any investment, results may vary. Taking the best possible care of your money means knowing with a high degree of clarity what your project is going to cost. When fee structures are unclear, or when extra charges are tacked on without the customer knowing, it makes things very difficult. Contractors who are dishonest about fee structures are also more likely to cut corners in other areas.
The importance of reputation
Look for a contractor that treats every project with an equal amount of respect and care. The best home renovators working in the field today are fully aware that the results and experiences they deliver for customers will become a part of their own reputation going forward. Good luck on your next home renovation project!