Butting Heads With Your Contractor?
Proper investment property advice says that if you’ve used a contractor for any property renovation, and you’ve butted heads with them, or if they worked very slowly, or did poor work, you know it’s time to look for another contractor. Another way of telling if you need to make a switch is if your contractor uses one or all of the following infuriating statements or questions while on the job:
“Oh, that’ll never work!”
“You want what?”
“Can’t be done”
“Oh, you can’t do THAT!”
Go for upbeat
What you really want is a contractor that is not a contrarian. Basically, someone with a positive disposition. Someone who is intelligent about his craft, upbeat, and has a real can-do attitude. Basically, you’ll know you’ve got the right contractor when he uses one or all of the following soothing statements or questions while giving his all on your project:
“Sure, we can do that!”
“Difficult, but let me see what I can do…”
“Let me know if you think this will work for you”
“I have a few ideas you might like”
Learning through trial and error
A really good contractor is one who brings his own experience melded with his creativity to your renovation. It’s not enough that he’s technically proficient. There are plenty of ways to accomplish a look you desire, without breaking the bank either. Solid investment property advice dictates thats you should look for the contractor that will be cognizant of both – and look out for your best interests – and not simply try to pad the job with work you don’t necessarily need or want.
You’ll also want to be sure he can provide the number of laborers he promises when he bids on your job. Otherwise, you may end up with just him and another guy doing all the work. And if they are truly slow, you will definitely be held hostage as your job drags on. And it will be impossible to cut him loose in the middle of a project if he already has a relationship going with the local building inspector, or electrical inspector, for example. Switching out might be an indicator by inspectors of potential problems with your job, which could ultimately cost you more delays and money to fix.
Should you switch out or not?
Further, switching contractors in the middle of a project could actually delay you even more – and be even costlier. Certainly, trying to obtain a new contractor “on the fly” will require some wait as they try to clear their schedule to fit your project in with their other ones already ongoing. And at best, squeezing you in with their other projects means more delays for your project, as you will not get their full attention (as they split their time/days between their different projects and yours) until the completion of your renovation.
The bottom line
So even if you do your homework and get a good referral and have checked his references, but he still turns out to be a real contrarian, you will be stuck with him until your project is completed. The best property investment advice in this situation is to be sure to immediately start looking for a better, more positive-looking contractor when your project is done, well in advance of any future project. And make sure to spread the word about his poor performance and contrary attitude to others who might ask you about his services. In this way you can at least help prevent someone else from suffering the same fate – and hopefully drive him out of business.
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