If you are considering a renovation or remodel, and/or looking to make your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly, finding a great contractor is probably high on your list of to-do items. However, when the building industry was hit hard during the recession almost a decade ago, many builders, contractors, and tradespeople went out of the business. Fast forward to 2018 and you will find many areas of the country experiencing a full-fledged building industry shortage epidemic. This is a problem for everything from needing a quick repair done on your home to booking an extensive project.
So what should you do? The bottom line is that if you want someone good, you may have to wait for it. Sometimes though it's hard to tell if someone is a good fit when they don’t have time to talk to you about your project - let alone give you a price. It can feel like you are spinning a wheel of chance in Las Vegas with no idea if the professional you are waiting for is a winner or not.
If you find yourself in this dilemma and need a resource, I invite you to give me a call. I know local contractors and have regular contact with the homeowners who have hired them. In fact, I have great connections for everything you might need from roof repair, flooring installation, plumbing, electricians, landscaping, design, and yes, even whole home renovations. And the best part is since I am connected with both homeowners who may have hired them or even home buyers who are living with work done perhaps ten years ago or more, I have learned a lot about their style of work and the quality.
As an agent, I have seen a lot of good solid work, but very bad work as well. I also learn a lot about how a contractor deals with a mistake he or she may have made. We are human and it happens, but the hallmark of a great contractor is when he or she stands by the work and will correct anything that is not up to par.
If you need a contractor, I can provide you with a short list of good possibilities so at least you will know that even if you have to wait awhile, he or she has historically been a good fit for my clients.
Howver, make sure to still do your due diligence as follows:
Ask the contractor for a list of three to five happy customers and permission to call them. If a contractor doesn’t provide this or gets defensive, he or she may have something to hide. A reputable and quality contractor should be proud to tout his or her accomplishments and want you to call satisfied customers.
Ask if the contractor is licensed and bonded. Ask for the bond number and check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints against this person.
Call your attorney and ask if the contractor has ever been sued. Too many scam artists out there have been caught, sued, and yet still operate with a smile and a great sales pitch.
Remember, I can help set you up for any renovation even if you’re not planning on selling in the near future. As a Realtor®, I am always interested in hearing about the improvements my clients are undertaking. You can reach me at (248) 556-7463 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.