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I would love to fix your problem that you are having but shouldn’t you be contacting the contractor that did the work?
He was having some work done in his kitchen. He didn’t like the way it turned out, and would like me to fix it for him. I’m flattered but why isn’t he calling the contractor who he is working with on the kitchen project. The answer to this is a mystery to me, but I can think of several scenarios.
I’m not real sure who is to blame in these situations. It’s always easy to point the finger at the contractor, but did the homeowner do their homework before getting started? I think that property owners must do a minimum of three things before hiring a contractor. There are more things that can be done in the search, but here are the top three.
Create a Scope of Work and get multiple bids. The scope of work will help insure that all the contractors are bidding on the same thing. It would be difficult to compare bids if everyone is bidding on different jobs. Getting multiple bids will allow you to get a better estimate for what it will cost.
Get References and call them. How often do we get a list of testimonials that never get used. Call the references and pick their brain; ask all the hard questions. Did the contractor do what they promised to do? What did you not like about the project? Don’t be afraid to be too pushy, you want to get to the truth.
Is the Contractor licensed and insured? For some reason, this just goes unchecked. We are given a number and we assume it is valid and in good standing. In California, we can even check the status of a license online, including workers compensation policies on file. Your state may do the same thing.
I will be the first to admit that there are many more things that the property owner can and should do before getting into a contract with a contractor, but these three are very important.
As a General Contractor in the state of California, very few people have checked or done these three things before entering into a contract with me. I assume that this isn’t getting done with other contractors either.
This may have been the problem with the man who called me with the problem ceiling. I wonder if he did his homework before hiring that contractor to do his kitchen.
Good luck on all your property improvements and repairs.
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Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.