Remodeling Mistakes Hiring the Wrong Contractor

It’s important to ensure that the contractor is the right person for the project because he or she is going to be in the homeowner’s living space for a very long period of time. Not only should the contractor be the right one for the project, they should also be the right choice the homeowner. If the homeowner and the contractor can’t have a clear line of communication and respect, then the project isn’t going to go well and the homeowner isn’t going to be pleased with the final result. It’s also important to have a certain level of trust between the two parties during this time.

Interviewing contractors and checking their references is crucial. Homeowners should consider how fast contractors return their phone calls. A contractor who is returning phone calls fairly quickly has nothing to hide and is probably fairly honest. This can help to reduce the amount of anxiety that homeowners typically have when they are making a selection. However, if it seems that the contractor takes too long to get back in contact with the homeowner or if they are not able to provide solid references, then this is likely an individual that needs to be avoided. It’s risky to hire someone who may not have enough experience working on the project or with the different elements of the project itself.

Hiring a contractor that isn’t experienced with the specific type of work that you are in need of can cause a lot of problems with your remodeling project. It is similar to if you were to hire an electrician to handle your plumbing issues; it isn’t a smart option. Sometimes people hire the wrong contractor on purpose because they think that since the contractor is able to handle multiple tasks, it will help them to save time and money on the project. However, since the contractor isn’t licensed in all of those different tasks, it makes the remodeling more questionable. If an insurance company or the housing authority realizes that the work wasn’t done by someone that was licensed, the work can get removed. Likewise if something happens in the house and the work is damaged, there won’t be any reimbursement because the work wasn’t licensed.

Ultimately, it’s important to make sure that as a homeowner, you don’t hire the wrong contractor. If you want to have high quality results with your remodeling project, then you should take the time to research the options and find out which contractor will be able to meet your needs. Search for someone who is experienced and can provide you with solid, reliable references. Although you may have to pay for a higher cost, you will find that you are essentially getting exactly what you pay for; high quality often comes with a high cost in remodeling.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.