If you don't have a good testimonial from a friend or relative regarding the hiring of a good contractor, it can easily become a hit-or-miss situation where you might hire the wrong person for the job. Online reviews can also provide some useful information about contractors, to help you choose the right one. Still, even if your chosen contractor comes well-recommended, there's a chance that the individual just doesn't fulfill your expectations, and you end up with someone unsatisfactory. Here are some of the red flags you should be on the lookout for, to help you avoid making a contractor choice which just might end badly.
The lack the necessary experience
Not every contractor needs 20 years on the business to be a competent professional, but at the very least, you should be sure that your candidate has taken on projects in the past which are similar to the one you have in mind. When you ask about this, try to see if the contractor has photos of those prior jobs, so you'll have an idea about whether it measures up to your expectations.
They ignore you and don't answer your questions
A contractor who repeatedly ignores your phone calls, emails, or texts, can be problematic. You are entitled to be kept updated on the progress of any work, and if you have questions about it, they need to be answered. An uncommunicative contractor may be hiding problems or issues with the project.
They don't have good reviews
Just as good reviews online can be a reliable indicator of a contractor's expertise, bad reviews can reliably predict less than satisfactory results. When you see a number of bad reviews on your contractor, you should at least do a little more digging, and you probably should cross the contractor off your short list.
They are late to meetings
When your contractor consistently shows up late to meetings, it might well be a sign that he/she has a lack of interest, or is prioritizing some other job ahead of yours.
They make excuses
One or two reasons for mishaps, oversights, and mistakes might be justifiable. Any more than that, and you're probably hearing a collection of excuses which the contractor has used many times before.
They have much lower prices than competitors
When your contractor candidate quotes you a price which is well below that of his competitors, he/she is bound to be cutting corners somewhere. No one works for less money out of the goodness of their heart.
They won't provide you with references
References can go a long way toward legitimizing the reliability and competence of a contractor professional. When references can't be provided on request, that often means that there are no good references to be had.
You just get a bad feeling about them
There's a lot to be said for intuition in hiring a contractor. Everything else might be in order, and it might seem like you have a good candidate on paper - but the work doesn't get done on paper. If your intuition tells you this is a bad candidate, trust your feelings and move on to the next one.
They don't provide a breakdown of costs
If your contractor can't provide you with a detailed cost breakdown for a project, it's very possible that he/she intends to pad the actual cost with a personal bonus - at your expense.
They try to pressure you
You should not allow yourself to be pressured into hiring any contractor. If they do try to push you into signing, it can be an indicator that they realize they're not the best candidate, and are trying to close the sale before you realize it too.
They deliver quotes right away
Quotes which are immediately delivered to you, most likely have been hastily prepared, and may not include the full scope of work requested. Make sure your contractor has thoroughly examined the work site and factored in all tasks.
Lack of contact information or permanent address
This may be the most telling red flag of all, because if your candidate contractor can't provide you with a permanent address, it could mean that he/she is obliged to stay one step ahead of the authorities.
Choosing the Right Contractor
You won't experience any of the 12 warning signs above when you hire Wardell Builders to do your remodeling job, room additions, or your custom home build. In fact, you'll be totally impressed with their professionalism and with the results they achieve, on the very first time around. Contact your San Diego home builders,Wardell Builders, for your next home project, and leave all the contractor worries behind.