Avoid Getting Stuck with a Shoddy Contractor

A home remodeling project can be stressful and intimidating enough under any circumstances. But that’s multiplied many times over when you find yourself facing every homeowner’s worst nightmare: a contractor who does poor work, or simply takes off with your money and disappears without finishing the job.

Taking a chance with a contractor can be a costly mistake. You want to choose someone who makes you feel confident that you can trust them with your home and your money.

There are some important steps you can take way before the remodel starts that can ensure you don’t get ripped off. One of the best things you can do is research your choice of contractors very carefully.

As this article notes, Angie Hicks (founder of the famous Angie’s List referral website where people can find recommendations on a wide variety of services and businesses) recommends that homeowners look for established contractors with a good reputation. She says you want someone who has a long track record and strong ties to the community. In other words, avoid unproven contractors or fly-by-night outfits—no matter what kind of promises they make or how low their price may be.

If you take a chance on an iffy contractor or one with a spotty track record, you will almost always end up regretting it in the end.

Take the time to meet with the contractor and observe their communication style. If the contractor rushes you or doesn’t seem open to hearing your ideas at this point in the process, things will likely only just go downhill from there.

You also should ask for references and examples of their previous work. Perhaps most importantly, you should ask around. While a contractor will always put the most positive spin on their own work, your friends and neighbors will give you the real scoop. Word of mouth is one of the most valuable tools in helping you identify the best local home improvement contractors.

At RW Remodeling, we are proud of your reputation and encourage you to ask around. We think you will be very pleased by what you hear about us.

Jim Weisman (685 Posts)

Jim Weisman founded RW Remodeling in 2011 after co-founding Republic West in 1995. Jim’s strong belief in the importance of ethical standards, honest communication and quality work make RW Remodeling a unique home remodeling company. For more than 19 years, Jim Weisman and his team have been proudly delivering what their customers want; their dream home.