There are many potentially negative consequences to choosing a low-quality general contractor. These could be: shoddy work, overpriced work, property damage, never ending timelines, getting ripped off, dangerous people in your home, a lack of respect and courtesy, and no accountability. Not only will could these consequences result in the job not getting done properly, but they could also be very dangerous to you, your family, and your home.
The good news is that there are several warning signs that can tip you off to poor quality and less than reputable contractors. Be aware of the potential warning signs as you conduct your interviews and perform your research. In general, it is a good idea to avoid any contractors that present these warning signs to you. These warning signs are:
- Willing to quote you a price without seeing the worksite or knowing the full details
- Refuses to present their license, insurance, and bonding information to you
- Not willing to hand out referrals or client testimonials
- Offers to do a job without a written contract
- Offers a deal if you pay in cash
- Offers a bid that “expires today”
- Asks you to get the necessary work permits
- Offers a great warranty, for an extra cost
- Solicited you at your door
- You can’t find information regarding the contractor and their reputation
- Asks for total payment upfront
The general contractor is the person that will be charge of managing your entire construction project. If you have a home improvement project or construction project, you will have a lot of different aspects to manage at the same time. There are construction materials that need to be purchased, equipment that needs to be managed and use and if the project is large enough, there will be employees to manage. This would be too much for you to have to deal with, which is why you would hire a general contractor.
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