My Contractor Nightmare

Dated: October 31 2016

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In the spirit of Halloween, I'd like to tell you about my most recent contractor nightmare. 

Let me preface this by saying I'm not upset at the contractor, but I am a little disappointment in my judgment when deciding to hire this person. 

The cheapest price is not always the best! I have gotten the opportunity to learn this the hard way. It l started while getting bids for drywall installation, texture and painting on the interior of my current flip. The first contractor I brought in was quite honest in saying that he wouldn't be able to give a bid because the scope of work wasn't yet known. This was understandable because we were still in the demo process and we were still making changes to the design. My second contractor came in and gave us his price, it was considerably higher than expected, however it was a friend and he broke down how he got to his number (very important). My business partner brings in our third bid, A phenomenal price! 2k lower than the other bid! It's a no brainier! This is the route we go! He knocks out the dry-way in a quick time frame. We hit a home run! Then comes time to do the simple stuff, put up cabinets and install the kitchen.... The walls are completely uneven. seems at the top (wall and ceiling meet) were wavy. Now this could be fine if you don't care what your product looks like. But I do! This caused a lot of extra work in trying to float out the walls to make them straight. Thankfully now it's not too noticeable.... But I notice it daily. 

Before this was noticed we had this same contractor start on the siding of the house. Now the red flag should have been when we were asked "Can you all buy me a siding gun" But I guess my meter was blocked. I have had to pull siding down and have him redo sections due to the amateurish look. But most importantly have taken away the responsibility of the trim work around the windows from him. This is something I can not have look bad. I will have to knock that out myself. 

So the take a ways moving forward. 

  1. Written Contract Stating what is expected, if those are not met, penalize.

  2. Ask if they have the tools to complete the job. 

  3. Look at their tools, if they are not up kept, chances are they are going to do similar work :) 

  4. Ask for references!! 

Hope this helps!! Till next time! 

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Carlos Garcia

A native Austinite, Carlos grew up in South Austin and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else. He is admittedly biased to the South Austin lifestyle, though he loves helping friends in all areas of ....

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