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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 qualified, trustworthy contractors to handle your property modifications and repairs might be one of the most difficult aspects of investing in single-family rental properties in Tarpon Springs. Few investors have the time or resources to hire a contractor who consistently delivers subpar results. However, the truth is that there are con artists and other people out there who will try to rob you of your money and then abandon you. Fortunately, it is possible to find the trustworthy, reasonably-priced contractors you need for every project if you know a few basic tips and tricks – and what to steer clear of.

Ask for Referrals

In order to complete the work, you as a property owner need contractors you can trust. It is a good notion to seek out industry experts whom you intend on employing on a consistent basis. You can save a great deal of time and money by doing so. But you have to start with research in order to choose contractors with whom you may develop enduring business ties. Requesting referrals from respectable real estate agents, property managers, and other property owners is an excellent location to begin. You can also conduct online inquiry on potential contractors. Through consumer reviews and even professional recommendations, a number of websites attempt to assist users in vetting contractors.

Ask for References

Asking for references is yet another suggestion for choosing an excellent contractor (or two). A quality contractor will gladly provide you with a list of references who can testify to their experience. Ask specific questions about the contractor’s dependability, affordability, response, and flexibility as soon as you have their name. Has the price remained the same? How successfully did they handle your requests for modifications and concerns? It is in your best interest to keep looking if you have concerns about the responses you receive.

Research Your Top Picks

Before deciding on a candidate, it is essential to examine their credentials and online reviews thoroughly. For the name of your contractor, contact the state licensing board and look it up in the local court records. You shouldn’t employ unlicensed contractors, as doing so could expose you to significant liability with your rental property. Numerous complaints or lawsuits are an extremely negative indicator. In the same way, if you are having trouble getting the contractor to pick up the phone or return your messages, it is their responsibility to do so in a timely manner. Even while a few missed calls might not necessarily indicate danger, if more than 24 hours go by without a response, move on.

While the bid process is underway, there are a few other red flags to look out for. For instance, search for negative online reviews or suspiciously low prices, and avoid them. A contractor who requests a sizable advance deposit should also be avoided. Concern should be raised if the percentage exceeds 15%. The same is true if the contractor makes bold claims about how much work they can complete in a certain amount of time or indicates that they would require unlimited time and supplies. It is essential to discover someone who is consistently realistic regarding project costs and completion times, in addition to someone who can work efficiently.

Focus on Quality

Once you’ve screened a few possible contractors, get bids from them. The bid will outline how each contractor determines their prices and give you an idea of what you may anticipate to pay for the work. Don’t accept the lowest bid, particularly if it’s substantially lower than the others. Extremely low quotes may indicate that the contractor is attempting to entice you with a low price before tacking on additional fees. They can also indicate that the contractor does not intend to secure the necessary work permits. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to avoid paying too much for your contractor’s services. Aim for the realistic average bid.

Initially, it can be time-consuming to identify the most qualified contractors for your investment property’s renovations and restorations. However, once you determine whom you can rely on to complete the task, this aspect of your property management strategy can become streamlined and effective. You can save yourself time by contacting Real Property Management TradeWinds, who has established contacts throughout Tarpon Springs. Call us at 727-400-472   for more information today.

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