Dealing With Contractors Can Be Tough, But You Can Avoid Most of The Pitfalls If You Choose the Right One
August 2, 2015
There seems to be a communication gap between homeowners and their contractors. Too often, homeowners are suspicious of contractors, worrying that they’re about to be taken advantage of. Meanwhile, contractors have been known to roll their eyes at the naïveté of some of their clients. Both parties could benefit from trying to speak the same language.
Here are a few tips for dealing with contractors and home improvements, as they may help you when it comes time to repair or renovate your home. This is critical.
Too many people sign up with a contractor to have a certain job done, but in the middle of the job, they realize that they want something else. It can also end up costing you a lot more than it would have if you’d been more sure of what you wanted at the outset. Read: 10 Contractor-Scam Warning Signs.
If you’re going to have work done on your house, take some time to find out from your contractor what you can expect, mess-wise, and how you should prepare the work areas. You’ll save yourself from some unpleasant surprises. You’re probably not the only client in your contractor’s life. Some contractors may be able to work only for one client at a time, but many will be juggling a few while they work for you.They have lives too, and sometimes another job they have has dragged on longer than it should have.
Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page when it comes to the estimated completion date. Understand that this date is not final. Contractors cannot predict what problems could come up. Each house is different. Sometimes clients like to micromanage. Aside from being extremely annoying, you can also can end up causing damage or generating more work for the contractor who may have to undo what you did.
Expect some variation between the estimate you get and the final cost. You might even want to plan to spend 25% more, in total, because things happen. The cost can also rise if you keep adding to the scope of the work, or if you opt for more expensive materials.
Remember, contractors get scammed too. Don’t assume that your contractor is a dishonest person looking to “rob” you financially.