December 21, 2014 Leave a comment
How many times have you needed repairs done on your house? Sometimes you don’t know who to call or if that estimate is for painting one room or painting the entire house. Only to find out it covers one closet after your job is completed.
Did you get or check references? Have you ever seen any of the person’s work? Did you even go as far as doing a background check?
Sometimes it pays to be judge mental to people. Especially when you are going to fork over your cash and trust someone to work on your castle.
Look for the tell tale signs of the type of work that person does. You can usually tell a true painter by his/her whites. You will see joint compound and drywall dust on the shoes and hands of a lot of people that deal in drywall. A carpenter will be able to read the measurements on a tape measure pretty fast and accurate. If he says your room is 10 feet 12 inches by 11 feet. Think twice.
Look for a fast talker and a hurry up sign this contract right now give me a deposit and I’ll see you later type of person as a NO. Most contractors will let you look over the contract and let alone take a day or two so they can calculate a proper bid. A good contractor may not ask for money upfront because they are able to sustain themselves through a job until completion. Depending on the size of the job.
Also look out for the materials that are laying around in the garage but I will charge you for them routine.
NEVER!!!!! Pay for an entire job upfront. Anything can happen. The contractor may act in good faith but can walk into the street and have a piano fall out of the sky on to them. Job gets pushed back or bye bye $.
Always get more than one estimate. The cheapest is not always the best. Get everything in writing. Itemize every step of the job, the materials that you will be using. An estimation of materials. A time frame of completion. What will be covered in the total job and if a warranty is in place.
Don’t fall victim to ” That wasn’t part of the deal.” Then you say, “well the house had working lights before you got here”.
His reply, “Yea, I agreed to tear the old wiring out. Not replace with new wiring”. Your walls are closed up, painted, finished and cabinets are hung.
ASK questions, look over a shoulder , stick around and make surprise visits when no one is there. Take a second person over to do a little inspecting.
Cover yourself and your money.