Choose the Right Contractor to Protect Your Investment
Protecting your investment in your home is essential. Carson Rodgers is a reliable home remodeler, but there are others that leave you in doubt. When all the comparisons are made, we're sure to stand out from the crowd. Do your research, and then give us a call to estimate your remodeling project. We take on custom construction jobs in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the surrounding areas.
Reliability Is Hard To Find
The remodeling business in general has a high failure rate for new businesses. That's because anybody with a set of tools and a truck can call themselves a contractor. That doesn't mean they're qualified. Most people are not familiar with the contractor they end up calling, and here is why. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 57% of new contractors fail within the first four years, and 70% fail by the end of the seventh year. We have all seen special reports on the local news, telling how a homeowner who paid for a remodeling project got nothing, and the unreliable contractor is nowhere to be found. This happens too often, and in most cases, your money is gone for good.
Be Careful & Take Your Time To Check
Be cautious of low bidders and high-pressure sales tactics. Do your homework, and check every contractor bidding your project with the Registrar of Contractors. This agency will give you the track record of each contractor and verify the company's license. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Look for their place of business, and avoid the contractor using a post office box address.
2. Look for permanent decals, lettering, and logos on the company's vehicles, and avoid anyone with magnetic signs that are easy to remove.
3. The contract and change orders should be typed on a company letterhead and agreed upon by both parties. The contract should be detailed and outline the project in full. The contract should also provide a specific payment schedule.
4. Take note of how many years the contractor has been in business.
5. Ask to see pictures of previous related projects.
6. Look for a contractor who can design a project that doesn't have an "add-on look" to it.
7. Ask for references from customers who contracted similar projects.
8. Look to see if the company has a website or some other form of advertising.
9. Avoid an unlicensed contractor who says he can do it cheaper.
10. Avoid the contractor who says you don't need a building permit.
11. Avoid the contractor who wants a down payment before a building permit is issued.
12. Look for a contractor who shows interest in your project.
13. Look for a contractor who can design and provide all the necessary documents for a city building permit without outsourcing the work.
14. Avoid a large down payment.