Planning to add a new fence or Trek deck to your home? Or maybe finish your basement to create a new living area? Or what about your new kitchen? Bathroom? This is always an exciting time, but it’s important to choose the right general contractor for the job. Whatever home improvement project you have in mind, hiring a general contractor is the first step towards achieving your dream remodel. With Polis Remodeling, you will only receive transparency throughout the entire addition. But as with any major investment, you want to ensure that you get a reliable and professional contractor who can handle the job with ease and class. So how do you know if a contractor is right for the job? Unfortunately, there are many shady contractors out there who will take advantage of homeowners who are in a vulnerable position. In this blog post, we’ll go over the red flags you should be looking out for when choosing a contractor, so you can ensure that your addition is handled with ease and class!
1. The Contractor is Not Licensed or Insured
Being licensed and bonded demonstrates that you have the necessary skills to complete that job. One of the biggest red flags when hiring a general contractor is if they are not licensed and insured. Without proper licensing and insurance, you are putting yourself at financial and legal risk. A reputable contractor will have no problem showing proof of their license and insurance. Look at what GreatBuildz displays about the importance of hiring a licensed general contractor. You can go to the CSLB Website to determine if the contractor is insured correctly!
2. Vague or Unspecific Contract
A clear and detailed contract is essential when working with any contractor. If you’re receiving a vague or unspecific contract, this is a major red flag. A good general contractor will take the time to explain every detail of the contract and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Polis Remodeling, treats your wallet like it’s ours. We know that we need to be fully transparent with any decision you desire for your new home addition!
3. Does Not Provide References
Any reputable contractor will be happy to provide you with references from previous clients. If your contractor refuses to do so, consider it a huge red flag. References are a vital part of the process when choosing a contractor, and any hesitation in providing them should set off alarm bells for you. Look at what Randstad.com shares to help you find the perfect fit in your next general contractor. A reference check should be displayed nearing the end of the hiring process!
4. Lack of Communication
It’s not easy this day in age being a home builder. Polis Remodeling is a fighter and we make it happen for our clients! Poor communication can lead to a host of issues during your project. A good contractor will be in touch with you regularly, updating you on the progress of the project and informing you of any changes. If you find that your contractor is hard to get a hold of or is not responsive to emails or phone calls, it may be time to look for a new contractor.
5. Unrealistic Timeline or Budget
Careful consideration of all aspects of home renovation and/or construction projects before beginning can save money and time, says Home&Gardens. If a contractor is trying to convince you that they can get the job done in a ridiculously short amount of time or is promising to complete it for an unrealistic budget, this is a huge red flag. A good contractor will be upfront with you about the timeline and cost of your project, taking into account any unexpected issues that may arise. American Family Insurance also shares the importance of setting a budget.
Your home is your biggest investment, and you want to make sure that any additions or renovations are done correctly. By keeping an eye out for these red flags, you can protect yourself and ensure that your project is completed to your satisfaction. At Polis Remodeling, we believe in full transparency from start to finish. Our team is licensed, insured, and happy to provide references. We always take the time to explain every detail of the contract and keep open lines of communication throughout the project. Trust us to handle your addition with ease and class! Call Us NOW, we will get you scheduled for your free estimate and consultation.
If you missed last week’s blog post on – The Importance of Hiring a General Contractor in Your Home Add-Ons, be sure to check it out here: https://polisremodeling.com/the-importance-of-hiring-a-general-contractor-in-your-home-add-ons/