How to choose the best Contractor – Client tips
1. Cheapest might be the worst decision
For Contractors to be around for more than a few seasons, they need to be profitable. The Contractors that we always hear about disappearing with deposit money or going to the next job before they are done with your project are normally the ones with the lowest prices. As you might know, there are many different standards in executing projects (Low to high quality) and different qualities (Thickness, strength etc.) of material they can use. For example, when it comes to painting a wall: The cheapest Contractor might spend less time on preparation, use the wrong undercoat (If any) and then there is also different qualities of paint to be used. The end product might look the same, but cutting painting costs with 40% might cut the longevity of the paint up to 80%.
2. Interview Contractors
When Contractors come and meet you for quotations, see it as an interview. See how knowledgeably they speak about their service. Ask questions like how busy they are with other work and on how many projects they will be busy with the same time they work on your project. Do keep in mind that the best Contractors might also be the busiest Contractors.
3. Look for reviews
Clients are welcome to look on www.buildster.co.za for some reviews on Contractor profiles. We encourage all our clients to rate and review our Contractors after completion of projects.
4. Time management
Yes, when a Contractor is late for their first meeting with you, something might have happened. The Contractor that was late for the meeting might even be the best Contractor you could get. In most cases however, you will see that it’s always the same people that are late. Would you like to work with a Contractor that’s always late? Consider this.
Contractor communication skills will be crucial to ensure you achieve your goals with your projects. Look for Contractors that communicate clear and effective. The best working relationships are fostered by good communication.