Have you ever had the feeling that a contractor or service provider wasn’t being completely honest with you? If you say no, then you’re probably in the minority. Most people have had at least one experience where in felt as though a professional in one field or another was trying to take advantage of them.
There are certain industries where this seems to happen a lot, and people tend to be a little more skeptical as a result. Car mechanics are one example. People put in a very high prime on finding a trustworthy mechanic who they can rely on to give them honest feedback and quality workmanship whenever the need arises.
Home renovation is another example. Because most homeowners are busy with work and are experts in their own fields, they don’t have the time or the inkling to understand all the ins and outs of home renovation. As a result, they’re in a position of ultimately putting their trust in the expertise of a professional. And it is a significant amount of trust, when you consider the amount of money that goes in to the average home renovation today.
Finding a reliable and reputable Home renovation contractor is certainly not impossible – and frankly it shouldn’t be that difficult. But again, the presence of a small number of disreputable contractors has left people no choice but to be skeptical, and to protect the integrity of their renovation investments.
One way to become more savvy about home renovations is to consider this list of things that your home renovation specialist may not be telling you.
1. “I don’t know how to effectively bid for a project.”
Extremely low estimates and bids are, of course, very tempting for any homeowner trying to save a buck on renovation efforts. But bids that look too good to be true often are. Contractors put in the bid hoping to get the contract — then they hunt for low-quality subcontractors or ask for more cash later.
2. “I’m not really licensed for your project”
Not all home renovation licenses are the same. Make sure your contractor is licensed to handle the specific job you’re requesting, as there are plenty of cases where renovation work violated code, or had to be stopped, due to licensing requirements that weren’t actually met.
3. “Big up front payments help me, but not you.”
Questionable contractors who ask for big payments up front tend to become shifty. After finishing a few aspects of the project, they’ll start coming around less often and dedicating more time to other projects. Reputable home renovation contractors will have a sensible payment schedule that doesn’t assume all the work is paid for before it’s done.
It’s all about the reputation
There is just no way a disreputable home renovation contractor – someone who cuts a lot of corners and tries to get away with whatever they can rather than focusing on the success and satisfaction of the client – can maintain a positive reputation in the marketplace today. That’s why it’s so important to check thoroughly on the reputation of any home renovator you might be considering, no matter how big or small the project.