While we value honesty and good working relationships with our customers, we realize that not every home improvement contractor does. You may have heard horror stories on Yelp or Angie’s List or elsewhere about contractors who either made some huge mistakes or made some serious missteps in how they treated a customer. While most contractors are, like us, honest and competent, we do think that knowing some of the ins-and-outs of your home improvement contractor can save you some time and energy. Here are a few tips that anyone seeking a home improvement contractor should know about their potential contractor before they hire them on.
Vintage Can Be a Pain
Listen, we understand: you love those old vintage-looking appliances that you want to find a way to work into your new design. The truth is, while a home improvement contractor may work with you, this is always a hassle. Older things can be difficult to remove and then reinstall. With that said, keep in mind that your contractor may need to factor in additional time and cost in order to make sure your vintage items are treated with the care they deserve.
We Don’t Want to Create Additional Work
Sometimes folks can get suspicious that a home improvement contractor is trying to manufacture additional work to do in order to inflate their costs. This may happen from time to time, but it’s pretty rare because in reality, additional work is costly and disruptive. Most contractors have the next job already lined up. If something comes up and a change order is necessary, that could have a huge impact on their entire schedule.
Fees Aren’t Negotiable
Most contractors are already trying to save you money. This is because it makes sense for both parties to benefit from lower costs—if they’re able to identify avenues where you can save money, you are ultimately going to be happier with the job done, making it more likely that you’ll recommend their work to friends or family. When it comes to asking if fees can be lowered, that’s likely not going to happen.
It’s Easier If You’re Not Home
A home improvement contractor is never going to ask you to leave your own home. That said, if you can find a way to be elsewhere when they’re on the job, it’s ideal. It just makes it easier for everyone if they’re able to get around and do what they need without getting in your way. It’s also a safety issue; they’re going to be wearing the right safety equipment but will you?
They Prefer Working With Their Own People
When you work with a home improvement contractor, you may say that you know someone who can do the plumbing on the cheap. This can be an issue. Most contractors have their own network of other contractors who can do anything they can’t and generally don’t want to bring someone they haven’t worked with into the fold. If it can be avoided, don’t try to step on your contractor’s toes when it comes to who is doing the labor.
Home Improvement Jobs from Smith & Son’s Contracting
At Smith & Son’s, we have provided the state of Maryland with top-notch workmanship on our restoration and remodeling jobs for over three decades. We have 24/7 availability and exceptional customer service, along with the expertise to complete all of your home remodeling needs. For a great job at an honest price throughout the Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Severna Park, and Columbia areas, give us a call today at (410) 360-5252 or 1-410-245-5954 for 24/7 home improvement and home remodeling services. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, and check out our blog! We look forward to serving you.