It’s not always easy to find a good contractor and may actually take you some time and a fair amount of effort. Part of the problem is bad contractors often look and sound like good contractors at the start of a job but reveal their true nature once the work is underway. So that you can tell if he you’re dealing with a potentially bad contractor or have really found a good one, here’s some tell tale signs to look for.
Bad contractors are usually very likeable and promise you lots of good things at very reasonable prices. Unfortunately, they can’t usually follow through on their promises and may not stick around to actually finish the job.
Good contractors display a totally different set of characteristics than bad contractors. You can usually tell you’ve got a good contractor when your contractor:
- Is willing to show you proof of his insurance, license and provide references to the quality of his work.
- Wants to work with a contract that clearly defines his responsibilities as well as the homeowner’s.
- Understands the importance and necessity of permits and building inspections to verify that the work has been done according to industry standards and local building codes.
- Doesn’t look for you to pay for a job upfront and requires only a small deposit to begin work.
- Uses quality materials as called for in the contract and doesn’t try to substitute lower quality goods.
- Shows up at the job site and supervises his workers and subcontractors.
- Treats your home and property with respect.
- Welcomes questions from the homeowner and/or designer.
- Finishes the job on time or very close to the schedule.