Using A Contractor
One of the biggest investments you ever made or will ever make is purchasing property and owning a home. After the high initial cost of this purchase many people have no more room in their budget for upgrades or renovations and have to resort to hiring a cheap contractor.
While there are thousands of reputable contractors there are quite a few who are looking to take advantage of honest homeowners and make a quick buck. Many of these fly-by-night contractors are unlicensed and are not bonded or insured. Due to the illegality of the process these contractors have little to no fees and no overhead costs so they are able to offer their services at a much lower price than a hard-working, honest, and reputable contractor. While initially the work done by these shady and unlicensed contractors looks great, and you are happy that you saved money and got a deal, over time the damage will show and you will waste even more financial resources trying to correct the previous problems.
By using a contractor who is uninsured and unlicensed you are putting yourself, those around you, and your property at risk. For example, if the fly-by-night contractor you hired is involved in an accident while working for you or unintentionally destroys something valuable you are 100% responsible and you could end up with extra significant expenses. It’s important to use a reputable contractor for anything you wish done to your home if it’s beyond a simple project or installation. While a permit or licensing isn’t needed for most common repairs in the home, if the contractor will be working on any electrical, heating, cooling, or plumbing systems it is required that he have the proper paperwork. You run a lot of risk even from the government by hiring someone who you haven’t verified is an honest and license contractor.
The best form of action you can take if you’re considering any serious work on your home like adding an addition or installing a loft is to begin with some basic online research. A reputable company, like HK Construction in San Diego (hkremodel.com), will have all the important information you need clearly displayed on the front page. Browse the services being offered and never hesitate to contact the company you are interested in hiring and ask them any questions you might have. Using a reputable contractor saves you money and time in the long run and you can be rest assured that the work a license contractor has completed is of high quality and can be held up to industry standards.
When you meet with your contractor(s) be sure you are comfortable speaking with them and that you are able to convey the project you have in mind. Also, be sure to inform the contractor of any time constraints you might have and what your budget for the project is going to be.
Choosing the right contractor for your home remodel project can be tough. We trying to make it a little easier for you. If you’re in the San Diego area and looking for a great contractor feel free to contact Marc at HK Construction (HKRemodel.com). Marc is a knowledgeable and licensed contractor who can help you with anything from building your custom dream home to adding more space in your living room by installing a loft. Finding the perfect contractor is easy as long as you are prepared.