1. Not taking the time to find the right contractor
for you can be a BIG mistake. Don't skimp on this part of the project. You won't
regret the extra time if you find the right contractor, but you will regret it
severely if you hastily choose the wrong one!
2. Don't buy into the lowest
bid. It can be a sign of a scam or a contractor who has some cash flow problems.
Often the axiom is true: You get what you pay for.
3. Be sure you thoroughly
interview your contractor. Not asking enough questions or looking at the bid closely
enough can result in BIG trouble. Be sure to take your time and be tough. Contractors
expect to be asked the hard questions. . .don't let them down.
4. Not checking
references and licenses is the biggest pitfall when hiring a contractor (or anyone
for that matter). Be sure that everything checks out as promised. You will want
to ask references if they would hire the contractor again without hesitation.
Find out if licenses and insurance are current and in good standing. Check the
contractor out with local and state agencies. Take your time and cover all the
5. Be willing to walk away. . .especially if you cannot verify information.
Trust your instinct on this one. You can always find another contractor. Try to
keep this in mind before you house is demolished and you are tied to a nightmare
by a bad contract.
6. Asking for help. There are agencies out there that
will check a contractor's references for you, including commercial references.
These services typically offer services to compare bids and to check contracts
before they are signed. They are worth looking in to before finalizing the deal.
Compare, Contrast and Check
These are the keys to having
a successful project. Happy hunting.
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