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Contractor Hiring 101: Tips, Tricks, and Red Flags to Avoid

Young couple talking to construction worker about housing design plans at construction siteThe hiring of competent, dependable contractors to handle your property improvements and repairs can be one of the most difficult aspects of investing in Grandville single-family rental homes. Few investors have the time or resources to squander on a contractor who would blatantly produce subpar work. But in actuality, there are people out there who will try to con you out of your money and then abandon you. Fortunately, finding trustworthy, fairly priced contractors for every work is possible if you know a few quick tips and methods as well as what to avoid.

Ask for Referrals

As a property owner, you require contractors you can rely on to complete the task. It’s a good idea to hunt for industry experts you’ll be interested in employing time and time again to complete work for you. By doing this, you can save a ton of time and money. To find contractors with whom you can develop long-term business relationships, you have to start with research. To get started, go seek out reputable property managers, real estate brokers, and other property owners for recommendations. Additionally, you can look up prospective contractors online. Many websites make an effort to assist in vetting contractors through client evaluations or even expert suggestions.

Ask for References

Asking for references is another trick for finding a fantastic contractor (or two). A good contractor will be pleased to give you the contact details of one or more previous clients who may offer input on their experience. Once you have a list of potential contractors, be sure to inquire about their dependability, cost, responsiveness, and adaptability. Did they adhere to the agreed price? How well did they address your concerns and implement your changes? Keep looking if you have any lingering concerns about the responses you receive.

Research Your Top Picks

Before committing to a hire, it is essential to conduct a comprehensive examination of their licenses and online reviews. Consult your state’s licensing authority and local court records for your contractor’s name. Employing unlicensed contractors could expose you to significant liability in relation to your rental property. A huge number of grievances or lawsuits is a very dangerous indicator. The same holds true if you cannot get the contractor to answer their phone or return your messages. Even though a few missed phone calls are not necessarily indicative of trouble, if more than twenty-four hours pass without a response, you should move on.

During the bidding procedure, there are additional red flags to watch out for. For instance, keep an eye out for negative internet reviews or suspiciously cheap costs, and avoid the business if you discover them. Additionally, it’s recommended to steer clear of any contractor who requests a sizable upfront deposit. Concern should be raised if the percentage exceeds 15%. The same holds true if the contractor says that they are going to need an unlimited amount of time and materials, or if they make exorbitant assertions about how much they can do within a specific time frame. It’s important to select someone who is realistic about project expenses and completion dates even though you do need someone who can work efficiently.

Focus on Quality

Once you have vetted a number of potential contractors, solicit bids from them. Your understanding of the cost of the work and the methodology used by each contractor will be based on the quote. Do not accept the lowest offer, particularly if it is substantially lower than the others. Extremely cheap bids may occasionally be an indication that the contractor is attempting to get your business by offering a low price only to tack on extra fees later. They can also indicate that the contractor has no intention of obtaining the necessary work permits. Likewise, it is essential not to overpay for your contractor’s task. Aim for the middle bid because it is likely to be the most realistic.

It can take some time at first to find the correct contractors for your investment property’s repairs and improvements. That part of your property management strategy, however, may become a quick and easy procedure once you know who you can count on to complete the work. You can save yourself time by contacting Real Property Management Investment Solutions, who has established contacts throughout Grandville. Call us at 616-419-4578 for more information today.

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