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5 easy ways to identify a bad contractor

5 easy ways to identify a bad contractor

Well, truth be told, it always almost seems like some people are just born geniuses. Or, perhaps they have some kind of a magical way of finding the good contractors that perform so well in their projects that they are not willing to share with you. Or let’s just say you have bad lack. If not why is it that almost all the contractors that you have hired, have disappointed you in one way or the other.

It is way too easy to find a bad contractor than to find a good one. This is because;

  1. Everybody is marketing and no one will come, painting him/herself bad. It’s just the matter of who is able to convince if not confuse you.
  2. Anybody can acquire a license to operate as a contractor. It’s not even that hard nowadays, so far as you have what it takes. And, I am not talking about a good team, equipment and pedigree, else there would be very few but good contractors out there.
  3. The systems for monitoring and making sure that only good contractors operate is quite a system. Some just exist for existence sake and the rest are either malfunctioning or don’t have the resources to function properly.

So, now that were all can agree that there are many bad contractors out there, how do we identify them so we can avoid them. We, often think very far when it comes to issues like this due to the amounts of money involved, but the solution demand way less thinking. They are the same things we praise our employees for. These include but not limited to;

5 easy ways to identify a bad contractor

1.      Time consciousness

The question I ask is, why is it that my contractor would always have a reason to be late for appointments? Either you are meeting to discuss plans or sign contracts documents or visit sites for more evaluation, this particular contractor always have a reason to be late.

This nagging attitude from the beginning should alarm you that you are dealing with someone who is either not capable or someone who is covering up something you should know. Good contractors can be late but in those instances, your conscience will not doubt you for once.  But in the instances where your mind keeps asking you questions that you don’t have answers to, trust your mind and back off.

2.      Demanding full upfront payments

It’s good if you as the ‘contractee’ want to get the cost off your sleeves so you don’t mess around with the money. That is entirely your decision and it’s ok. The problem comes up when your contractor is almost pushing you to your limits demanding full upfront payment disregarding the fact that you asked for certificate basis.

Most huge contracts are done using milestone basis. This is so that if I, the contractor, complete a certain level of the project, you come and inspect and certify then I receive payment for that work and then continue with the remaining. Why can’t a good contractor understand this? Well, to the best of my knowledge, most good contractors do.

3.      Wiliness to accept ridicules bargains

After hustling you for full upfront payment, then you go like “ok I am willing to pay you upfront but I can’t pay the price you are asking, you have to reduce so I can pay you” then you make a counteroffer that is way less than the asking price and he the contractor goes like “it’s too low but I will take it because it’s you”.

This is a clear picture of a contractor who is looking for a guarantee to shield his shoddy performance. Though it is not always that, expensive or insistence by a contractor for his price is a sign of a good contractor as some charge ridicules prices but, there is a cutoff point that a contractor that will deliver quality will accept. Quality does come at a price and a good contractor will be willing to sacrifice a few dollars or cedis but nothing more than what can ensure a good relationship.

4.      Check the contractor’s portfolio

When all the three above can’t still tell you if the contractor is bad or not, try checking his portfolio. More care and a lot of verification should be done here. Writing a good portfolio is easy but verifying a nicely written portfolio is a lot harder.

Trying finding out on your own if what is written in the portfolio is real. Most companies that are likely to be used in portfolios will sure have websites. Try to check them out and if possible ask questions.

5.      Ask social media

Social media is a place where most frustrated people take their grievances. Check their social media pages and see what people are talking about your chosen contractor. Check their website for comments from past clients and if they have something to cover, you will find out.

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