Last week, a story that was written in the Citizens’ Voice caught our attention.
A contractor from Dallas bid a bathroom remodel job at a home in South Abington Twp. The family had recently moved to the area from out of state and needed to update the bathroom in their new home.
This contractor told them he could build an extension on to their bathroom to make it bigger and took a down payment of $11k to begin the work. He cashed their check and rescheduled their start date a few times. Months went by and he never started the work.
This unfortunate story is more common in our area than it should be. Contractors, who don’t have a concrete business, can easily pack up their things and leave, never to be tracked down again. Fortunately for this couple, the contractor was arrested and they may eventually get their money back in restitution.
Homeowners need to be vigilant and do their research when hiring someone to do a remodel.
Though the deals that contractors offer may seem appealing, they may not match what you actually pay for the job… that is, if your job even gets completed.
Homeowners, do yourself a favor and hire a reputable company.
Of course, we would like you to chose ReBath Northeast for all your bathroom remodeling needs, but we completely understand if don’t. We just hope that whoever you chose is a reputable company. To make sure you are choosing a legitimate company, use our checklist and compare.
- Does the contractor you are considering have an office or showroom? Beware of ‘Chuck in a truck’ contractors, whose vans double as their office. It’s easy for them to slip away if you are unhappy with the work.
- Does the contractor have a current license for this trade? Ask to see it. Every contractor in PA is required to have a license.
- Does the contractor have references? Ask for references and insist that you need to speak with more than three people. It’s not that difficult to make three people lie for you. Ask for a list and actually call them. When you do, ask good questions like ‘would you use the contractor again?’ and ‘was the project completed on time?’
- Will the contractor give you the bid in writing? Make sure the bid you receive has everything on it and not in the form of allowances. A small number of allowances to chose your own tile or a light fixture is OK, but an entire bid of allowances will force you to go over budget.
- Is the contractor registered with the Better Business Bureau? Make sure you check the BBB. Many local contractors have complaints filed against them. Find out the story behind the complaints before you judge, but if they have many, chances are you want to stay clear of that contractor.
Choosing a contractor to remodel your bathroom can be stressful. You want to get the best value for your money, but you want the work to be done right too. Use the checklist above when getting ready to chose a contractor. Trust us, you will be happy you did.
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