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Picking a Contractor
October 15, 2017 at 6:31 PM
by Propertypros.net
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Our homes are one of our most important and cherished assets. They provide years of protection against the elements for ourselves and families.  They are gathering places for birthdays, weddings, and graduations.   They provide us with financial security for our retirement years.   That is why picking a contractor is both a personal and professional interaction.  

Personal

Letting someone into your home near your personal belongings is a challenge for any homeowner.  We want assurance that contractors and workers are  trustworthy.  Sites like HomeAdvisor try to solve this by requiring background checks of contractors.  What it doesn’t tell you is that background checks are only for the Contractor Companies Owner and not every employee or subcontractor that it uses.  One simple remodel or addition can have up to a dozen different workers in various trades.  Only the General Contractor is the one who is technically background checked through HomeAdvisor. Not very reassuring.  Also, If you have a problem with the General Contractor (this does happen) you are typically stuck dealing with them until the job is finished, or risk losing your deposit.   

PropertyPros is the General Contractor for your job.  Everyone who comes into your house is accountable to us.   If one of our employees doesn’t treat you with respect, is unreliable, untrustworthy, we will send another person to finish the job, no questions asked.  It is through this process that the nicest and best  workers will stay employed with us and the ones who always are “up to no good” are not going to be used by us.  

Professional

If you happen to get through the accountability stage unscathed and your contractor is kind and respectful, there is still another pitfall to avoid.  Experienced contractors will tell you, “ You can have it done cheap, right, or fast; pick two out of three.” The cause of most issues when signing on to hire a contractor is unreasonable expectations of how long a job will take.  While the other two are a concern, most people don’t want the job to drag on for months or years (yes that can happen).  

When a contractor is bidding a job such as a bathroom remodel there are many different things to consider, such as the number of employees available to help and their skill sets and number of subcontractors needed for jobs that require expertise, such as plumbing and electric.  (most contractors will do this themselves these days) the design of the remodel will determine the amount of time it takes to complete.  For example, tile and extensive finish woodworking are very time consuming due to the accurate nature of the work.  Installing a tub surround is far less labor intensive as a tile wall surround so therefore would take less time.   

Allowing your contractor a reasonable amount of time to finish is always the best choice when negotiating a price for a remodel.

Cleanliness

Most people will agree they don’t want people leaving a mess in my house for the next two months while their house is being remodeled.   This is where the term “Professionalism” comes into play.  An experienced contractor such as PropertyPros will take every step possible to keep your house as undisturbed by the remodel process as possible.  Putting up dust shields, protecting carpet and walkways with drop cloths, setting up an outdoor workstation to keep dust out, are all employed to keep dust and debris from forming in the rest of your house.   At the end of each work day a thorough vacuuming of the job area and walkways will leave your house looking untouched and clean every evening.  

PropertyPros Complimentary Cleaning

Some jobs have dust settle for a week after they are complete.  That is why PropertyPros offers a complimentary cleaning service at the completion of each contracted job.  

We hope this article has been helpful in your process of choosing a contractor.  We would love to help you in any way we can.  Please leave a comment to let us know your thoughts.