Contracting a quality contractor can eliminate hassles, as well as wasted time and money. On the other hand, an untrustworthy contractor can increase all those problems and leave you with a sub-par project. To avoid hiring a bad contractor, let’s look at some of the signs so you will be able to recognize them in the interviewing process.
Quality contractors do not need to overstate their qualification, their decades long track record of performance speaks for itself. A contractor that makes extreme claims should be a red flag. Be sure to substantiate any exaggerated promises and not simply take their word. A trustworthy contractor focuses on details like budget, specifications, and timelines to assure that project requirements are met. If the builder you’re interviewing doesn’t discuss or glosses over these critical points, it’s best to find a different to contractor.
Construction professionals understand that open, honest, and responsive communication is essential during a project. Without a commitment to answering questions quickly and regular progress meetings, owners are left in the dark if the budget is being adhered to and the schedule is on track. Unqualified contractors are typically unresponsive and will exhibit this trait from the beginning of the selection process and their unresponsiveness will continue once the contract is signed.
A quality contractor will provide a professional assessment of costs, including subcontractors, materials, and labor for the project. Once costs are approved, a contract should be provided to secure final costs, unless the project scope changes. If this occurs, professional contractors have a system for change orders and will willingly share it with you. A builder that refuses to provide a contract setting costs or a process to handle change order costs, it is a sign that you need to move on to another company.
Online reviews on a prospective contractor can only go so far in establishing trust. A quality contractor will be happy to supply you with a list of references to give you an idea of what you can expect from the contractor in terms of quality and reliability. When a contractor is hesitant to provide references, you should be hesitant in hiring them.
When a contractor insults the competition by claiming they are incompetent or untrustworthy it is because they have nothing to offer. Instead they need to scare you into contracting with them. On the other hand, a quality contractor will refrain from negative comments about competitors. They are confident their work and history are proof of their qualifications. Just as when we were kids on the playground, it is best to walk away from braggarts and bullies.
At FI•CON, we are proud of the reputation we have built as a quality contractor with our customers, trades, and suppliers. To discuss your next project, contact us at ficonusa.com or (386) 792-3060.