Your Contractor is NOT Your DAD

Finding a Good Contractor is Like Finding GOLD

We have all been there…asking our friends on Facebook, searching Angie’s List, hunting for a good Contractor.  You think you have done your due diligence.  You think you have asked all the right questions.  You think you are both on the same page.

Believe it or not, when it comes down to it – there are GOOD Contractors out there, you just have to ask the right questions and trust your gut.

Good Contractors

My Personal 2 Cents….

I poured over 25k into my great room and ended up firing my contractor in the end.  We just could not see eye to eye.  Everything was a battle.  The the thing that still grates on my nerves to no end is that he could have put up this “backer board” so I could place my TV anywhere I wanted.  If he had done that, it would be centered over my fireplace. My OCD kicks every time I look how off it is over the fireplace. (DEEP BREATHS)

MOST Contractors are NOT as Good as Your DAD

The thing is we expect contractors to be as good as our Dads, Husbands, Boyfriends, etc.  My Dad ROCKS.  Period.  The man can do anything – he is a fixer, problem-solver and he does it right the first time. And, no my Dad is not for hire, lol.

In the end…

When you do find the GOLD Contractor (AND YOU WILL), stay on top of him and his crew.  This is your house, you are paying them to do a job for YOU.

Make sure you follow your gut, it is usually right.

A few other things:

  1. If it is a big job, ask him if he going to be there every day overseeing his crew.
  2. Make a contract.  Specifically write out step by step how long each project will take and the cost.
  3. Ask him up front, if you are not happy with part of the job, what will happen?  If he gets defensive, you know he is not your guy.
  4. If it is a one room remodel, like your kitchen or great room, how are they going to protect the rest of the house?  The last thing you need is dust all over your kids bedrooms.
  5. Always make sure they are licensed and insured and ask to see a copy of it.
  6. What happens if you want to change something?
  7. How do contact them?  Email, text, phone?  What about if you need them after-hours?
  8. Do you like him or her?  If you have any red flags at all, this is not your guy.

Are you a good contractor in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, or Portsmouth?

Do you have AWESOME reviews?  I would love to add you to this post!

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