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Remodeling Disasters

If you want to avoid costly remodeling disasters, take some steps to communicate with your contractors. Before you hire them, make sure you and your contractor understand one another. It can save you time and reduce your stress. 

Common Contractor Problems

Some of them lie about how long it will take to finish the work. For instance, one mom thought the team working on their home would complete the project before the end of the summer. However, it instead took until Thanksgiving. 

Furthermore, sometimes contractors who have too heavy of a work load do not take as much time as they should on individual jobs. Then, when the homeowner needs help, the person responsible for the job will not return phone calls. Some of them provide mediocre work at best, and the results of their effort are evident by ceiling cracks, pain chips and pipe bursts later. 

Worse yet, some of them have no liability insurance. Therefore, you might have to take them to court if they damage property in the process. In some cases, a remodeling company might even collect a down payment from a client and then disappear. 

Questions to ask the Contractor

If you want to avoid problems, you should ask the contractor some questions before you hire the company. It will give you an idea of who you have working for you. 

  1. Can you provide me some references? Ask the contracting company for three or four of them if you want. This will give you an idea of what kind of experience they have.
  2. How many projects do you have now? It will give you a clue as to how much in demand they are. It also will gauge their level of availability during the project. 
  3. What work is included in that price? Ask this before signing any contract, and have that contract filled out in detail before work starts. 
  4. Can we set up a payment schedule? Make sure you feel comfortable with when the remodeling company expects payment. Usually, they might just need funds for supplies in advance, but not more than a quarter of the price they bid. 

Remember, you are putting your money and your trust on the line. You have the right to ask as many questions as necessary to avoid remodeling disasters.


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