Finding the RIGHT Contractors for the Job

pexels-photo-2Doing a rehab/remodel can be one nightmare event after another if you don’t have a plan in place.  Your plans can look GREAT but if your contractor isn’t up to it, then the entire thing can turn into a nightmare of epic proportions!  Before you hire a contractor to perform the tasks, we recommend the following steps.


Call them. If they don’t have time to talk with you on the phone, move on.  It’s just poor business not to take the time for a cold call.  Ask key questions;

  • What are the typical sized jobs they take on and is yours too small or too big?
  • Can they provide a list of previous clients you can contact?
  • How long have they worked as subcontractors?
  • Are their workers licensed and insured? Can they provide documentation to prove this?
  • Are they willing to provide financial references from suppliers and banks
  • No answers or the wrong answers to any of these should immediately tell you if they are dependable and able.

Face Time.  Set up several interviews and meet face-to-face, preferably at your property. You need to connect with them, and be able to cut through any b.s. Don’t get over-charmed by their budding personality. Take the time to get to know them.  Are they constantly checking their cell phone or watch?  They are not the right one.  Are they talking over you? They aren’t the right one.  Afterward, have your Executive Virtual Assistant over at ORCVirtual, Inc. check them out with your state’s consumer protection agency, local Better Business Bureau, and other online resources.  You don’t want someone with a history of client disappointments, contract issues, job completion problems and disputes. Make sure they include what codes and permits they would need for the tasks. GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICE!

construction-site-build-construction-work-159306Visit a Current Job Site.  From the references, ask if you can come see their handiwork.  Ask the contractor if you can visit a current project they are working on.

Bids.  Get bids. Get it in writing.  Many times you can tell by the quality and detail (or lack thereof) of bids and quotes, if you are dealing with amateurs or professionals.  Ask them to break down the quotes by labor, expenses, cost of materials, and profit margins. The commonly accepted materials for a project will be about 40% of the total cost, according to This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.

Payment Schedule.  A typical payment schedule may look like this:

  • 10% down
  • 3 payments of 25%
  • Final 15% after FULL completion

The bottom line when making ANY kind of purchase is to do your due diligence.  Research, ask questions, required paperwork, and make sure you follow-up constantly on the progress and hold them accountable to their contractual obligations.

Transparency + Legitimacy = Authenticity

pexels-photo-314699John Maxwell (American author, speaker and Pastor) is quoted as saying, “Speak the truth. Transparency breeds legitimacy”

During my initial sales call with potential new clients, I stress the importance of establishing yourself as a transparent and legitimate business.   We help do this by setting up their website and connecting their social media so that everything feels familiar across the several platforms.

TRANSPARENCY: Do you consider yourself a transparent business owner?  Are you honest when you make mistakes? How do you react when a mistake is made against you or that makes you look bad?  Are you purposely deceiving people to make yourself look good or is ‘what they see, what they get’?

LEGITIMACY:  Are you seen a a legitimate, serious-minded, success-driven and motivate business or do you come across more as a creepy, used-car salesman (no offense to the thousands of legit used car salesmen out there!)?  Are you a formal, State-recognized business entity with goals, and a vision and purpose statement?

AUTHENTICITY:  If your answers were on the side of positive for both of these, you are well on your way to being an authentic, trusted, business person.  Here’s your quick-pick list to help you focus on becoming an authentic business owner.

  • Say What You Are Feeling – stop with the facemasks, the alter-ego, the fake identity. Show that you are human.
  • Use The Smell Test – if something doesn’t pass the smell test, raises warning flags in your mind, or gives you the ‘ookey’ feeling inside, go with that.  It’s probably right.
  • Grade Yourself – look inward often.  Talk to the man in the mirror and be fair to yourslf when doing so.
  • Keep A Clear Line of Sight – visionaries are the ones who run the hardest towards their goals because they are not afraid to look for them.
  • Open Your Ears – listen not to respond, but listen to hear.  There’s a huge difference and if you don’t know what it is, you haven’t made it to the authentic stage yet.




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