Homeowner’s Guide to Selecting a Contractor

Before your home improvements, consider this.

The Homeowner’s Guide, is there a need for it?  At some time or another, everyone has heard one of those contractor horror stories.  Personally, we have been on the other side of those nightmares after being hired to ”clean up the mess.”

If you are getting ready to have some improvements done on your home, you need to remember, once a contract is signed you are basically married to your contractor until the project is complete.  This means careful consideration is a must.  Not only do you have to think through budgetary constraints, but you also need to consider all your other project goals and targets.  This includes those typically unconsidered factors which will influence your overall experience and personal well-being which is equally, if not more important.

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The idea of having to select a contractor can be daunting and it cannot be taken lightly as home improvement projects can easily take a turn for the worst.  Issues we have seen occur:

  1. Poor workmanship and incorrect installations (code and quality issues)
  2. Extreme project schedule and budget overruns
  3. Client’s home turned into a construction disaster zone (unclean, unsafe, debris and dust everywhere)
  4. Homeowners pay another contractor to do rework
  5. Contractors become unresponsive and avoid communicating or completing jobs
  6. Homeowner’s left feeling uncomfortable in their own home

We have seen just how stressful a homeowner can become due to a project that has gone wrong and our past experience helping client’s who fell victim to inadequate contractors led us to distribute our homeowner’s guide.  We want everyone to know that even though your financial investment has its constraints, you have to find the right balance between price and the other factors that need to be taken into account.

No one should be allowed to hire a contractor until they read the Homeowner’s Guide at least 5 times

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To help those in our community select the right contractor for their upcoming project, we are giving this e-booklet out at no charge!.

The Buyer’s Guide: A Reliable Approach to Selecting a Contractor details:

  • Where homeowners typically go wrong when choosing a contractor
  • Why you can’t really compare estimates
  • Why free estimates aren’t really free
  • The high risk of failure in construction (and what happens to clients when a business fails)
  • How to interview a contractor – For another free, but invaluable resource, ask about our Interview Checklist
  • Why contractors can have vastly different prices for what appears to be the same project

This booklet is very well-written and creatively designed.

We hope it helps provide an understanding of what sets companies apart and assists you in finding your contractor of choice.

The last two pages are for note-taking and include a contractor comparison chart.

Guide to selecting a contractor


The writer of our homeowner’s guide, Anthony Slabaugh said it best, ”we hope it will help raise the bar on what homeowners should expect out of a contractor” and we hope you find it to be a valuable tool in your search for the right home improvement company.


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