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Consumer Mistakes

 

A successful building or remodeling project requires careful planning and attention to detail. Below are the top five mistakes made in a construction project:

Automatically accepting the lowest bid.
The old saying you get what you pay for generally applies here. A higher bid may be worth the price in better materials, workmanship and reliability.

No written contract.
A written contract protects you and the contractor. It is required that all construction agreements be committed to a written contract if the price exceeds $2000. The CCB recommends that all agreements, including all changes to the contract, be in writing.

Not checking the contractors license.
A license is required for any construction business that advertises, offers, bids, arranges for, or performs any construction, alteration, home improvement, remodeling or repair work.

Not checking references.
Check with previous customers. Were they satisfied with the work? Was the work finished within a reasonable time frame? Did the contractor return phone calls? If the person had problems with the contractor, ask how the contractor responded to complaints. Look at examples of the contractors work.

Not doing the homework.
Plan your project carefully. Consider your budget. Find pictures of styles and products you like. Write down brand names and models. Show them to your contractor. Walk with your builder through a finished project and explain what you like and dont like.