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Hiring Contractors: Tips, Tricks, and What to Avoid

Two property managers hiring contractors and shaking hands The procurement of experienced, reliable contractors for your property renovations and repairs might be one of the most difficult aspects of investing in Carolina Beach single-family rental properties. Few investors have the time or resources to hire contractors with a bad track record. Yet in actuality, there are con artists and other people who will try to rob you of your money and then leave you. However, finding reliable, moderately priced contractors is achievable if you are aware of a few straightforward strategies and ideas as well as what to avoid.

Ask for Referrals

You need reputable contractors to complete the work if you’re a property owner. Finding industry experts you want to work for you time and time again is a fantastic idea. This will help you save a ton of time and money. But, you must first do research in order to discover contractors with whom you can establish a long-term business relationship. Asking for referrals from reliable real estate brokers, Carolina Beach property managers, and other property owners is a wonderful place to start. You may look for prospective contractors online as well. Many websites try to help clients in vetting contractors through client reviews or expert referrals.

Ask for References

Searching for references is yet another tip for discovering a great contractor (or two). A quality contractor would gladly supply you with the contact information of one or more former clients who can testify to their experience. Ask specific questions about the contractor’s dependability, affordability, response, and flexibility once you have their name. Has the price remained the same? How did they manage the changes and your doubts? It’s best to keep looking if you have any reservations about the answers you hear.

Research Your Top Picks

Before deciding on a candidate, it is crucial to verify their credentials and web reputation. Verify with the state licensing board and local court records for the identity of your contractor. Use of unlicensed contractors is not advised because doing so could put your rental property in considerable jeopardy. It’s not good when there are plenty of complaints or litigation. The same applies if you have problems getting the contractor to take your call or attend to your messages. Although while a few missed calls might not necessarily imply danger, if more than 24 hours go by without a response, move on.

Throughout the bidding process, there are a few extra bad signs to look out for. For instance, check for negative internet reviews or suspiciously cheap costs, and avoid them. A contractor who requests a large advance deposit should also be avoided. Concern should be made if the number surpasses 15%. The same stands true if the contractor states that they will require an endless amount of time and supplies, or if they make bold claims about how much they can perform within a certain time frame. Not only do you need someone who can work efficiently, but you must also select someone who is consistently realistic regarding project prices and completion times.

Focus on Quality

Once you’ve screened a few possible contractors, get bids from them. The bid should provide you with an idea of what you might anticipate paying for the service, as well as how each contractor calculates their prices. Don’t accept the lowest offer, even though it could be alluring, especially if it is substantially less than the others. Extremely low bids can indicate that the contractor is trying to get your business by offering a low price only to tack on extra fees later. These can also suggest that the contractor has no intention of obtaining the necessary work permits. Also, keep in mind not to overpay for your contractor’s work. Strive for the middle offer because it will probably be the most reasonable.

Initially, it can be time-consuming to identify the most qualified contractors for your investment property’s renovations and repairs. That part of your property management strategy, however, may become a quick and easy operation once you know whom you can count on to finish the task. Reaching Real Property Management Champion, who has formed connections throughout Carolina Beach, will save you time. Contact 910-782-4488 for more information today.


Originally Published on March 27, 2020

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