How to Spot a Bad Contractor
Licenced – If the contractor does not have the proper paperwork (documents, insurance, permits, etc.) and doesn’t want to sign any documents that could be an indication that trouble lies ahead – especially if they try to talk you out of needing permits!
In cases when disputes or misunderstanding happen, these legal documents are what keep you, your family, the contractor, their workers, as well as home safe years to come. Simply having verbal agreements leaves room for misunderstandings and can leave both parties feeling bitter about the other.
They are not busy – Good work is hard to come by and a contractor who has a wide-open schedule could indicate they are not the contractor for you. There are always quiet parts of the year where home renovations and building are concerned, make sure you know the off seasons for the area and the company.
Another indicator could be their job sites. Monday morning or Friday afternoon have been quiet consistently, your contractors are absence could be using those times to buy materials or tie up paperwork and permits…or they could reflect on the overall professionalism and commitment. If you are uncertain discuss it with your contractor, communication is the key to a successful business.
c) A very important detail to look for is a cost breakdown. You are investing in your home when renovating, it is important then to know where your money is going, a reliable kitchen renovation contractor will provide an estimate that includes a breakdown of the necessary expenses.
Deadlines –Contractors work on a schedule and have certain milestones to completed projects by, sometimes things will come to light that may push the project deadline back – if your contractor is known for missing a lot of deadlines it could be a red flag that you have hired the wrong person!
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Megan Plausteiner, IDT
Interior Designer @ LA Home Solutions. Creating beautifully designed spaces.