30 Dec Can You Trust Construction Companies?
As the construction industry sees an increase in business, companies looking for contracts have also risen. As competition becomes stiffer, it is necessary to start assessing who you should trust and work with to get a good deal.
Every construction company has its own approach and philosophy in doing business. This is why before we start talking about testing their reliability, we should first determine what kind of relationship we want to build with them.
It makes a big difference whether you hire a general contractor or just one subcontractor for the job. If it’s the latter, then having a good relationship with the subcontractor is key, as he will likely be the one doing most of the work onsite.
Now that we know what type of contractor to look for, how do we test their reliability?
One way would be to ask for referrals from people you trust. If you don’t know anyone who has worked with a particular construction company, then you can start looking into their online presence. That should be an automatic red flag if they do not have a website or any social media accounts. A professional business with no web presence? That doesn’t sound right.
Another good way to test their reliability is to see how long they’ve been around and what kind of projects they’ve worked on in the past. If a construction company has been around for several years and has a portfolio full of completed projects, then that’s a good sign.
Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) suggests one should consider these tips when hiring anyone to work in your home:
- Research and gather information
- Ask for references
- Ask for multiple quotes
- Get it in writing
- Verify license and insurance
- Confirm building permits
- Inquire about a lien waiver
- Think about future service issues
- Arrange a payment schedule
- Get a receipt
- Keep your contract
How to check if a contractor is licensed and insured
In the state of Michigan, simply contact the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional Licensing at 517-373-8068 for licensure information or visit our website at www.michigan.gov/bpl.
Otherwise, verify that the contractor has workers comp as well as commercial general liability insurance coverage. Request a copy of the insurance or ask for the name of the insurance carrier and agency as a means to confirm the contractor has insurance.
It’s also essential to give the company an evaluation test before signing any deals. One way is to ask them to submit a proposal with their estimated budget and timeline, then you both will be better equipped to understand how well they plan and execute projects.
The most important thing is to make sure that you feel comfortable with the construction company that you choose. If you have any doubts, do not be afraid to ask around or speak to someone from the company directly. Building a good relationship with the contractor is key to having a successful project.
When it comes to construction projects, many things can go wrong. This is why it’s so important to have a good relationship with your contractor. You need to trust them to do their job correctly and on time.
Unfortunately, not all contractors are trustworthy. There are a lot of construction companies that will take your money and then never finish the project. Or they will do a terrible job, so you have to hire someone else to fix their mistakes.
How can you avoid this? Like mentioned earlier, it is done by doing your research, reading reviews online before hiring a contractor, and asking for references from past clients.
That red flag should tell you everything if a contractor doesn’t have any references. If they don’t want to give you references from past clients, they are definitely hiding something!
You also need an open line of communication with your contractor. If there is a problem with the original timelines or cost, you need to be able to talk about it without any fear that they will get angry.
It would help if you didn’t have to worry about how your contractor will react in any situation. That’s why you need a good relationship with them before starting the project. Their response should be professional, not emotional, no matter what happens.
When you have a good relationship with your contractor, the whole project will go much smoother. Everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing, and you can expect things to get done on time.
And that means that when it’s all said and done, your project is going to turn out perfectly! You shouldn’t have to deal with any unprofessional behavior, and you shouldn’t have to pay more than what you agreed upon.
So always make sure that you do your research and talk things out with your contractor before beginning a project.
How do you deal with a difficult contractor?
- Know what you want. This is critical!
- Expect messes, then work to minimize them
- Don’t assume the world revolves around you
- Be prepared for delays
- Your “help” can and most likely will hurt your goals
- Your job may cost more than you expect
- Not all contractors are shady
Unfortunately, things can sometimes go wrong during a construction project. If this happens, it’s crucial to deal with the situation in a calm and rational manner.
First of all, it’s essential to understand that the contractor is likely feeling frustrated as well. They may have been trying to deal with the issue from the beginning, or perhaps it’s their first time encountering a problem on a project. Either way, they may be angry and defensive about the situation.
Trying to handle an angry contractor can be tricky. They likely have a lot of knowledge on construction projects and how to fix problems, so you need to be careful about what you say.
It’s essential to determine the cause of the problem and if it can be fixed immediately or not. This will allow you to add a solution that works for both parties. Additionally, you need to discuss any damage done by the mistake with your contractor. They may have insurance that can cover the cost, or they may be able to work something out with you.
In some instances, it may be necessary to hire a lawyer. If the contractor is unwilling to cooperate or is causing further damage, a lawyer can help get the situation under control. This should only be used as a last resort.
Overall, it’s important to stay calm and be respectful when dealing with an angry contractor. Hopefully, a solution that works for all will be found for both parties by taking these steps.