THE CONTRACTOR AND ECONOMY EQUATION

Any time the economy and/or new home construction slows down, the home renovation contractor population doubles immediately.  Many laid off automotive workers become instant basement renovation experts, new house construction contractors become home renovation contractors, laid off airline employees become custom tile setters, etc etc.  You get the picture.  I invite homeowners to be cautious when hiring one of these “instant” reno contractors, some don’t have the skills, experience or even the tools to professionally complete the job.  Trying to save a few bucks early on might end up costing you more in the end.   In the last two years, I have been contacted a few times to complete or fix jobs that other contractors started.  I still remember losing a bid for a basement reno because my price was too high.  I was told by the homeowner that they found somebody else that would do the same work for half the price.

Wouldn’t you be tempted to save thousands of dollars?  The guy seems nice…the price is good…he said he can start right away…..yes let’s do it!     Well, guess what?  The same people called me back two months later, they explained to me that they had to fire the contractor they hired because he was taking too long and was having trouble showing up to work.  They asked me if I was interested in finishing the job.  I told them that unfortunately I was fully booked and not available for another 4 months, but I gave them the number of a fellow contractor that might have been able to start before me.  When my colleague went to visit this basement, he found that the walls had been framed directly onto the concrete, with nothing to separate the wood from the concrete, there was poorly installed insulation and amateur electrical wiring installation:  the perfect recipe for mold and electrical fire.  He had to pull a ” Mike Holmes”……Take it all down!


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