5 big mistakes property owners make, when hiring a contractor!

Did you know that 60% of property owners make a mistake in hiring the wrong contractor for their inprovement?

The 5 biggest mistakes made: 

1. Taking the cheapest price.
2. Hiring an uninsured contractor. 
3. Hiring an unlicensed contractor.
4. Hiring an unprofessional contractor.

5. Hired a contractor with a lot of complaints.

These five mistakes made can easily be avoided, by simply RESEARCHING…
A property owner must research the contractor of choice, before hiring for any improvement.

It is easy in today’s generation to research a contractor even with very little computer experience.  If you have access to Google, then you can easily research your prospective contractor.  A well-established company will have little or no complaints.  

To research online, simply type the company and any other phone numbers in the Google search bar.  If no results with the numbers, then to ensure no issues with the company, check out the Better Business Bureau BBB or www.bbb.org.  Any well-established company will be registered and even be an accredited member of the BBB.

In addition to the research, a good question would be is the contractor properly licensed?  The property owner needs to ensure that they are properly licensed for roofing and not painting. 

To find this information correctly, go to your local state or county building or licensing board.  For Florida projects, go to www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/ to check the license status and type.  You wouldn’t want to hire a painter to replace your roof.

For the company insurance, in Florida a contractor needs to keep up to date with the General Liability and the Workman’s Compensation Insurances to legally work within the state.  To obtain this information, simply ask your prospective contractor for a copy of their Certificate Holder Forms.  Most well-established roofing companies will already have this information included with their proposal package.

Is too low of a price a good choice for your investment?  There are too many reasons to list for why you shouldn’t choose the lowest priced contractor.  As an example, some contractors will make up their lost profit by replacing wood unnecessarily after the removal of your roof.  Don’t fall for this trick.  A good contractor will already include this additional work with their initial proposal.

At ABA Customs, Inc. we have already done the research for you.  Simply visit our website at www.ABACustoms.com and click on any of the information links provided.  You can also send us a Tweet on Twitter or find us on Facebook.  If you should have any further questions or if you would like a list of references, feel free to contact us toll free at (877) 441-8988.