I’m just telling you what I know, man. I’m not saying all contractors are like that, just that it’s DEFINATELY a recurring theme.
And aside from what I’ve heard, the industry overall does have a pretty crappy reputation. Ask around.
No offense if you’re a contractor yourself; if you are, I assume you’re a standup guy. I’m just reporting what I’ve heard.
Be forewarned, every – and I mean EVERY – person I know who’s either built a house from scratch or had a major addition/renovation project done on their house has ended up suing the contractor. EVERY single one. Even one who had his cousin do the work! (His cousin had a construction business). They WILL: cut corners, go way, way, WAAAY over the predicted time (take this part for granted – add months to their estimate), do things wrong, make mistakes and not admit it, not come back to fix them, and sometimes just stop short of finishing the last touches of the project. Leaving you to sue them for what they left undone and not finishing (or making right) what they were CONTRACTED to do.
Have fun! It can be done, and I’m sure some have had ok experiences with it . . . but not many.
Has all of these people hired their contractor from a bar stool? You don’t have to offer the job to the lowest bidder. If a guy is desperate enough, he will just tell you what you want to hear so you will give him beer money.
Nobody, not a SINGLE ONE person I know who has built a house from scratch or had serious work done has sued the contractor or even wanted to. If a homeowner has unrealistic expectations, be it financial, schedule, or other, and refuses to pay for legitimate increases to the scope of work, or changes agreed upon materials or methods midstream, it is disruptive and costly. A lot of contractors actually lose substantial amounts of money trying to make asshole clients happy.
Sometimes the contractors have to sue the homeowner to get the money owed them as well.[/quote]