Things to Look for When Hiring General Contractors Grand Junction
At Western Constructors, we’ve spent a lot of time educating you about the ins and outs of our industry. It’s important to us that you know as much as possible so you can make the right decisions. We’ve told you about how to hire the right commercial contractor for your needs (you can find a link to that article here). But we think it’s just as important to tell you about the bad contractors, too. What happens when you hire a general contractor and they’re not a good fit? What red flags could you have noticed that would have told you to watch out for them? In today’s article, we’ll talk about those red flags and how to know if you’re working with someone you probably shouldn’t. By telling you things to look for when hiring general contractors, Grand Junction will be able to make good decisions in the future.
Bad General Contractors’ Money and Behavior
Of course, when it comes to money, there are a lot of possible red flags. But something you can look out for early on is when your contractor asks for too much money up front. Generally, contractors do need to be paid up front because they need to spend money on the project. This is a normal part of the construction industry. But when your contractor starts asking for too much, it should be an immediate red flag. It’s usually standard for general contractors to ask for about 15% up front. Most states actually prohibit contractors from asking for more than 33%. So if your contractor comes up to you and asks for 50% up front, you’re probably in the company of a bad contractor. Good contractors are confident enough in their work that they know they’ll receive the rest of their payment upon completing project milestones.
Behavior is another thing to look for when hiring general contractors in Grand Junction and elsewhere. If the contractor you hired was friendly and cooperative when you hired them but is irritable, confrontational, or unavailable when your project starts, it should be another red flag. People have bad days sometimes, but it’s a general contractor’s responsibility to be professional and keep their clients satisfied. So if they’re kind to you before you hire them and start acting unprofessionally toward you later on, it’s probably a sign that you’ve hired a bad general contractor. And unprofessional behavior doesn’t just extend to their client interactions. Obviously, if a contractor is drinking alcohol at the work site, they shouldn’t be your contractor anymore. It’s not only unprofessional—it’s dangerous, too. You should avoid any contractor who drinks on the job.
Low Bids and Hiring General Contractors in Grand Junction
You should also watch out for incredibly low bids on your project. Some contractors might try to convince you that they can get your project done at an extremely low cost because they will use it for advertising or as a portfolio piece. But most of the time, this is a scam. If a contractor tries to convince you to work with them because of a low bid that you know is too good to be true, trust your instincts. These low bids almost always translate into poor workmanship and client dissatisfaction. It’s not worth risking your entire project to go with the lowest bid possible. You don’t want to end up with a finished product you can’t stand. It’s much more important to find a general contractor who you can trust to do a good job and complete your project on time, even if their project bid is higher.
Another huge red flag to look out for is if a contractor refuses to sign a contract. Contracts are incredibly important because they bind you and your contractor to an agreement. When a contractor refuses to sign a contract, what they’re really doing is refusing to play by the rules. They’re refusing to be accountable if things go wrong. If there’s a project dispute, the contract protects you and your contractor. Without a contract, you might not have any recourse if your contractor makes mistakes or spends too much. If your contractor refuses to sign a contract, you should refuse to work with them. By not getting them to sign a contract, it’s like you’re giving a bad general contractor a free pass to do whatever they want with your project, no matter how much you might dislike it. Don’t let any contractor trick you into working without a contract.
Things to Look for When Following the Contract Guidelines
But let’s say your contractor does sign a contract with you. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re off the hook. You should always make sure that your general contractor is actually following the guidelines laid down in your contract. If you don’t enforce those guidelines, it’s just as bad as not having a contract in the first place. Unless they’re clearly communicating with you and have discussed changes with you in advance, your general contractor shouldn’t be working outside of your agreement. So if you notice that your work is being done differently than you agreed to or that it isn’t being done at all, you’re probably working with a bad general contractor. If you’re interested in learning about more signs of a bad general contractor, be sure to check out this article here.
We’re proud of our work in the Grand Junction community, and we’re confident that we’re not one of the bad general contractors Grand Junction has to worry about. We’ve helped shape the future of Grand Junction’s downtown, and we’re continuously dedicated to improving our community. We have decades of experience in construction, which means that we can tackle any project you can throw at us. At Western Constructors, we’re not afraid to answer the tough questions that good contractors should be able to answer. In fact, we wrote the list of questions you should ask. (If you haven’t yet, check out our blog post on important questions to ask your commercial general contractor. You can find a link to it here.) The work that we’ve done in the Grand Junction community speaks for itself; but if you still have questions, we’re always happy to take your call.
*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.
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