Why Do Most Remodeling Contractors Suck?
Most people will agree: Nothing can sink a remodeling project faster than poor communication.
In fact, it’s the number one reason contractor-homeowner relationships sour.
For this relationship to be effective, communication has to be top of mind. First and foremost, your remodeling contractor must communicate in a way that’s detailed, thoughtful, consistent and respectful.
Here are some signs that can help tip you off as to whether or not a remodeling contractor can be trusted or not.
Beware of Limited Time Deals
One sign to look for is when a “remodeling contractor” says they are in your neighborhood only “today.” They will often say something like, “I noticed your home has some structural damage.” The truth is that most legitimate home remodeling contractors are usually too busy to go knocking door to door for new business.
Limited time offers are another strategy that suspicious remodeling contractors use to lure in unsuspecting homeowners. A legitimate home remodeling contractor will never run a one- or two-day only deal. True home remodeling contractors understand that homeowners need time to think about their home improvement projects, and that they will want to check references and get other bids for work.
Also, beware of this type of fly-by remodeling contractor, as they may not only take your money and leave you high and dry, but they may also have a partner with them planning to break into your home while you are “negotiating” with the sales person at the front door.
Say No to ‘Cash-In-Advance’
Another scam to look out for is when a so-called remodeling contractor asks for money before the job even starts. In some cases this is standard, especially if the home project is large, such as building an addition or renovating a room. However, a reputable contractor should never ask for money to go and buy supplies.
Behind the Curtain
To avoid being scammed by a sub-par contractor, be sure to conduct your due diligence before signing on the dotted line.
In addition, always ask plenty of questions, search for online customer reviews and request references. You also can check out Republic West Remodeling’s remodeling guide, Exposing the Reasons Why So Many Home Remodeling Companies Fail to Meet Client Expectations.
The purpose of this guide is to help educate consumers on why some remodeling projects fail, what should happen behind the scenes and how a good remodeling partner will truly do their best to prevent bad things from happening.