Tell-tale signs that your Contractor is a Cowboy
Too many times we have heard of horror stories of unfinished work, poor workmanship and deposits paid with no return.
So how do you know if your potential Contractor is a Cowboy? With very poor-quality control throughout Canada it is important you choose wisely to insure you get the best bank for your buck. If you notice any of these then steer clear:
1.Quote seems too good to be true. It usually is!!!
So, you have gotten 3 or 4 quotes for your project. One seems very high which is not viable, but they are an established contractor.
Two are the same, but one is way lower. Usually the one that is the lowest has no work on, no insurance, no experience and no quality control.
With a booming construction industry in the more populated areas of Canada there is no reason for a contractor to be quiet or cutting costs to secure work.
Usually the middle of the road quotes are the best, so go with your gut with who you think will look after your project best.
2.Do your Homework!!!
Be prepared for your meeting with a potential contractor and know some of the answers to the questions you are going to ask. If your contractor can’t answer them confidently and correctly then move on. Knowledge is power in this game and lack of it will cost you thousands!!!
3. Read Reviews – CAREFULLY!!!!!!
We live in the world of online activity but unfortunately many reviews are fictitious and done by in house company representatives. Look at the reviews and trust yourself to decipher the real ones. Our advice is to ask where they are working at present and call to the job site. Talk to the client and gain direct feedback.
4. Time Management
If the guys don’t start in time don’t be surprised if your project runs over schedule. If guys show up for a few hours a day and then go missing for more days, then move them on. Poor time management is one main reasons for project over-runs.
After a few days on building your site could look like a bomb hit it. Make sure this is not the case. If a contractor is clean and keeps their work area clean it shows they care about your property. From experience this shows in their work also.
- Don’t give a down payment unless work has commenced!!!!
If your contractor is looking for a payment days or weeks before work has commenced be very careful. Common practice is to pay a percentage on first day of work on site. This shows a joint commitment from the client and contractor.