Red Flags Of When Hiring A Renovations Contractor

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by DaveDayka No Comments

Choosing Renovations Contractors In The Dark

One of the hardest things when hiring a renovations contractor is knowing that you’re getting a fair deal and that the renovations contractor will follow through on their obligations. But unless one is considering a contractor based on a referral from a friend or a colleague, often times people have nothing to go on, which at best can leave them feeling apprehensive and at worst end in a bad renovation job.
At Classic Craft, we’ve been doing Calgary renovations since 1989 and we’ve been able to identify a couple of red flags that you should watch out for when hiring a renovations contractor.

1. Payment Up Front

Look for the first red flag when negotiating the payment schedule. A fair amount may range between 10-15% upfront, with various increments along the way for the remainder. What you want to watch out for is when a renovations company asks for 50% upfront. If you have no prior experience with this person, there’s no guarantee that the work will even be completed at this point. We consider being asked to hand over half of the project amount before the job as even commenced to be shaky business.

2. Longevity

Simply put, the amount of time that someone has in business says a lot about the stability of the company. We’ve been in Calgary doing renovations for ages, and we’re not planning on packing up any time soon. If the contractor your considering doesn’t have that sort of reputation, there’s no guarantee that they will be around in a year if anything goes wrong, or that they will see the project through to the end. Say for example the contractor runs out of money half way through the project. Then all of a sudden they are not phoning you back and avoiding contact, simply because they don’t have the resources to finish the job. It’s a major red flag.

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