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Five Signs You Need to Drop Your Contractor

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Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the time you spent researching a company and the references you checked, your contractor just isn’t providing the service you need. Here are five signs that you need to drop your contractor and find someone else to complete the job.

Professional contractors can take much of the guesswork out of your home project. Using their skills, experience and access to premium materials and tools, an expert contractor can usually complete a job with less time, headache and even expense than most homeowners can. Still, not all contractors have the right qualifications and dedication for the job. 


1. The contractor doesn’t project a sense of professionalism. If the contractor walks around your property with his shirt off, offers to doctor paperwork for your insurance company or behaves unprofessionally in any way, it is time to end the relationship. While some infractions may seem minor, you don’t know what else the company is capable of. 

2. The contractor doesn’t show courtesy or a businesslike manner. If the contractor stomps all over your garden, comes into the house with muddy shoes, helps himself to food on your counter, or curses within earshot, you should drop him. There are many people who would be both respectful and happy to have your business. 

3. The contractor is too busy to get your job done. While being busy is often the sign of a good contractor who is in demand, one who never seems to get to your job or calls often to cancel the day’s work, is one you would rather not endure. A professional should have an established timeline to complete a project, with extra days scheduled in to account for bad weather or emergencies. Imagine having to spend the winter without a finished roof or living without a kitchen for months upon months? It just isn’t worth it. Find someone else. 

4. Does the contractor promptly return your phone calls, email or texts? Allowing for the fact that the contractor may be actively working and completing other jobs, he or someone from his office should return phone calls or other communication within 24 hours, sooner if you indicate that you have a real emergency. If a contractor will have be out of contact for an extended time, this should be communicated to you in advance. 

5. Does the contractor show up on time? If the contractor is consistently late, he may not be taking your job or your time as seriously as you do. Late arrivals and early departures mean your job will take longer than it should. If workers do need to be more than a few minutes late, you should be notified as soon as possible. 


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