Remodeling your home can be a hassle even when everything goes according to plan. But when a construction project turns into a total disaster and you end up at odds with your home remodeling contractor, you’ll be wondering if it was a wise choice to remodel at all.
As a homeowner, there are ways to avoid picking a bad contractor. When you set out to renovate or remodel your home, take the time to vet your contractor. While no one wants to hire a bad contractor, there are horror stories out there by homeowners that have experienced subpar workmanship and multiple delays or a disappearing contractor.
Homeowners have several options to find potential good contractors. One of the simplest is to seek recommendations from friends and family. Or check out networking sites, such as Facebook and LinkIn. Another option is to search through consumer-reviews websites such as Yelp, Manta, or Angie’s List. Be sure to interview candidates thoroughly and check out their referrals.
5 Ways Homeowners Get Tricked by Bad Contractors:
- Paying for more than 50% of the job before it is complete, or more than 2/3 if your job is broken into thirds. DON’T DO IT! Keep them motivated to finish the job right.
- Beginning ANY work WITHOUT a contract/written agreement. Especially if the contractor is a friend or family member! Be sure to get everything ironed out in writing before beginning the work.
- Allowing work to begin without proof of state license and insurance.
- Telling potential customers that their company is affiliated with a well-known and established, credible local company. Call that company to confirm the validity of this claim before blindly agreeing to start work.
- Believing only the reviews/references that the contractor hands to you. Be sure to do your own research online and with the local Better Business Bureau as well.
While you may not have a clear idea of what you want out of your remodeling project, you should know what you want from your contractor. Don’t simply hire a contractor that comes in with the first or cheapest bid. Your contractor will not only control the project – they’ll be in your lives for the life of the project, so it’s important that you have a good feeling about them, as well as trust them.
At Ferris Home Improvements of Delaware, we take the time to sit down with you to address all your home remodeling concerns and we’re a trusted name in the community and have the awards to prove it! Our home improvement contractors have lots of experience in all types of remodeling projects, from bathroom remodeling to kitchen remodeling to additions. Give us a call to discuss your remodeling project today.