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Are you getting what you paid for?
Paragon C&D Builders/Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 • Posted June 14, 2012 4:40 PM

Are you getting what you paid for? Most likely YES. You want a bargain? Well, you just might get a bargain. Going with the cheapest bid without doing some homework on the contractor, can end up costing you more than the highest bidder actually was. Why? Let me tell you some facts we have dealt with.

We have been working with clients that the contracts have taken the money and ran, not completed the job, quality is not up to par, items were damaged during construction, and more. The contractor you hire is responsible for the job. You need to have a signed agreement, first of all. And please, check out this contractor., whether you are having them build a house, remodel, or even a simple project.

Be careful when you give money up front. You might want the contractor to set up an account at the bank and make the draws with your signature and theirs. You must check this contractor out before paying them. Normally contractors set up several draw points for your job. The contractor should go over this prior to starting the job. The last draw is not paid until the job is finished. We personally give an affidavit stating all bills have been paid. You might have your contractor do this.

If the contractor damages anything on your property, yes, they need to be held accountable for the damages. We are working with a client who had hired someone to do a job. They allowed a big truck to drive on the driveway and it broke. So yes, this contractor should pay to have it fixed. Also, if they break a window, or damage the yard or landscape, they should repair it. Make sure you ask them how they handle these items when you are interviewing them.

So you see, if you go with that lowest bid, it could cost you a lot more. If you end up fixing your broken driveway, the torn up yard and landscape, or anything else - how much more out of pocket will you pay? Hundreds or thousands?

Another thing, be sure to check the material the contractor is using. I know this one is hard, but ask questions. Bathroom remodels for instance: are they putting up sheetrock or boards that withstand water in a wet area? How do you clean your new wood floors? Are they really wood or laminate that can not take standing water? What kind of guarantee are you getting on the materials, appliances, or workmanship? A good contractor will tell you the difference in the materials and appliances you are selecting.

In conclusion, is that cheapest bid always the best? No, not if you end up having to put in money to fix things after the job is complete. It could even be one year after the job is done when you start seeing issues. Will that contractor stand behind their work? Get it in writing to protect yourself. And do your homework before you hire anyone.

For ALL Your Real Estate and Building needs or questions, call Debbie at (713)818-6658 or (830) 833-4249 / debbie@vallonerealestate.net

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