We know you’ve heard it a million times that cheaper isn’t always better but then why do they tell you to shop around for a quote? We are here to tell you not to do too much shopping around for a quote and to take extra caution when considering who you will hire.
There are a lot of unseen cost that go into the renovations of your home. Of course you can see the materials and supplies they are using and the size of the crew doing the work. But what about the insurance, certifications, and licenses to name a few? These start to add up pretty quick and drives the price of your renovation up. For example, when you ask a contractor if they are insured and they pull out their insurance card and say “Here it is!” they are scamming you. Proof of insurance must come from the insurance company and is a certificate that is mailed to you.
The most costly mistake made for remodeling is hiring the cheapest handy man you can. When you hire cheap, you are not paying for their reputation, their certifications, their knowledge of buildings codes and laws. The expensive part is when the damage or issue isn’t truly fixed 100% or the remodeler skipped many corners. Then you have to make the call of shame to the contractor you said no to for costing too much. Here is the kicker, every time we receive those calls, it breaks our heart because when we go back to see what has happened, not only do you have to pay for the work that was originally supposed to be done, but you also have to pay to get all of the mistakes removed. So it may cost less up front to hire cheap but it will cost you much more in the long run. Remember you get what you pay for.
Also know sometimes too much can just be too much. Take a look at this article where the contractor just charged more and more and after 8 years, there was nothing to show for it.
We understand that not everyone has unlimited budgets but it pays to fix and remodel your home right the first time, not the second or third time.