Still have some questions?
Ok,perhaps you’re wondering some of the following:
Q: Do I really need to know this stuff? Can’t I just depend on the contractor to do his job? After all, he is licensed
A. Please. Having a license does not guarantee you’ll end up with an ethical contractor who performs excellent work. If that were true, there would not be the hundreds of thousands of complaints filed every year against contractors. And according to the various Consumer Protection Agencies complaints filed against contractors consistently ranks at the top for consumer dissatisfaction and fraud. And I can personally attest to that given my own experience and those of others who have mailed me over the years.
Q. This all sounds like a lot of work – I’m just going to let my architect/designer handle it.
A. Your architect is going to look to you for what your needs are and through out the renovation you’ll need do be providing feedback on what’s working and what’s not working for you. NEVER let yourself be out of the loop on anything that has to do with your money or your home. Moreover, it’s not a lot of work; it’s your responsibility to get informed and engaged.
Q. How long is it going to take me to go through the course?
A. It’s not time consuming – it’s actually enjoyable based on the feedback I’ve received. Some folks can go through it in a weeks’ time, some in a weekend if they throw themselves into it and still others prefer to go through it leisurely.It’s your choice and you have 6 months to keep going through it if you wish.
Q. My neighbor just had her remodel done last year and she just raved about her contractor – I don’t really have to worry about anything.
A. Ah, famous last words. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard from homeowners who hired a contractor that was their friend or neighbor, but failed to know anything about his/her business practices and got burned. They just “trusted” they’d have a good experience too. Their experience is not always an indicator of what yours will be. And a contractor is only as good as his/hers last job and you need to get a solid sense of where they are at now.
Q. You know, I’m just going to do some background work and take it from there. Once the project starts, I’m sure nothing bad will happen.
A. Good luck with that. If throwing caution to the wind works for you, so be it. But, if the possibility of spending more money than you had planned on or end up with a project that drags on is at the back of your mind or if getting taken advantage of by an unethical contractor is a concern, then this course is a must.
Q. The contractor I’m thinking of is a friend. A friend would never scam me or do me harm.
A. Oh boy, this is another one I get complaints and comments on. In fact recently a homeowner emailed me who was so distressed because his wife insisted they go with her best friends’ boyfriend, a contractor. Well, it cost them several thousands of dollars in cost overruns and litigation and needless to say the “friendship” is over. My advice? Never go with a friend – you’ll be hurt, angry and a friendship destroyed.
Q. My attorney will handle everything.
A. Well, that’s true to an extent. He/she will make sure the legal verbiage is in there correctly to protect you but helping you find a contractor you can trust and knowing what you need to include in your “spec sheet? No attorney can do that for you. That’s your responsibility and his is to legally represent your best interests. And if you can afford an attorney to oversee your project well good on you!
One of the common themes that contributes to remodeling nightmares and choosing a bad contractor is that people simply trusted the contractor without knowing if they should! They just hoped and chose the contractor because:
I have found that most people rely on trusting their contractorWITHOUT KNOWINGif they should. They just “hope” andblindly choose the contractor because:
» Their references looked good
» Their licensing information didn’t reveal any disciplinary actions
» Their friends recommended the contractor
» The contractor lives across the street
» They’ve seen the contractors’ truck driving around the town
» They’ve heard their advertising on radio
» They feel they’ve done enough research and want to get on with it
» Remodeling disasters happen to others; it won’t happen to me
» The architect recommended the contractor
In all of these scenarios every homeowner failed to thoroughly do their homework because they simply didn’t know all the risks involved and assumed that nothing would happen. They didn’t know what to include in the contract agreement, lost control of their projects, and lost money in cost overruns and shoddy work. They believed that the contractor would do what he said he would do and abide by the contract. They secretly believed that if they did end up with problems, their State Contractor Licensing Board would make it right. FAT CHANCE!
If you don’t understand how to protect yourself from any of these situations or the risks and realities in contracting, you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to having problems with your project.But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a successful renovation project, you can find a contractor you can trust and you can have peace of mind. Thousands have been successful and so can you.
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