Like all business relationships, that between a homeowner and a contractor is, above all else, professional. The difference in this scenario is that remodeling takes place within the confines of your home and can prove to be a big disruption in day-to-day living. The long and short of is you not only want to hire a reliable remodeling guru, you also want someone who is trustworthy, respectful, and easy to get along with. How these characteristics come into play varies from person to person. For instance, you may want a contractor who shows you pictures of his or her kids while someone else might want a contractor who only talks about roofing or floors. And believe it or not, contractors also have their stipulations when working with homeowners. Here’s more to help you determine if it’s time to sever ties and move on to someone else.
Bad First Impression
Maybe the contractor showed up fifteen minutes late without calling, or worse, didn’t show up at all. This could start things off on tentative ground with you. As time goes on, this contractor may arrive to make an estimate dressed in flip-flops, without all the paperwork in tow. Or perhaps, presentation and timing are covered, but something just doesn’t feel right with you. If you simply get the impression you don’t click with a contractor, follow your gut. Chances are your working styles don’t mesh, and this won’t get any easier with time.
Holes in the Contract
Perhaps the consultation sat well with you, and the contractor seemed knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the project. You feel good about it, but that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing from here on. First, is everything in writing? Is the contract professionally presented? You may find that the contractor delays giving you proof of license and insurance simply because they aren’t licensed or insured. You may also find yourself following up on references, repeatedly. Also, does this contractor have an attractive portfolio of completed jobs? If not, you may be working with someone with a bad reputation or lack of experience in the industry. It may be best to steer clear.
Contractor Declines your Project
Believe it or not, it happens. Sometimes, a contractor you want to hire will be the one to say “no.” Is it you? Most likely not. There are several reasons why a contractor might decline a project. Some contractors bid on several projects at a time and may simply be too busy to take yours on, too. It could also be that your project is especially complicated, requiring, for instance asbestos removal. Sometimes, the legalities of a project could concern a contractor. It may also be that after taking a second look at the original bid, the contractor will rethink it, regretting the price agreed upon. Still another possibility is a conflict of personalities, and for one reason or another, the contractor may find that you are not a compatible client.
The complications can be many and the decision is not always easy. But that’s what makes it all the more rewarding when you do find the perfect contractor. Choosing the right hire is worth the while; it will not only lead to a spectacular remodel, but an easier process the whole way through. To reduce the stress and increase the chances of finding someone right away, find someone certified by companies like CalFinder, which provides homeowners with free estimates from pre-qualified contractors who are sure to have the paperwork and references you need.