Why it's Important to Shop Around when Getting a Contractor
Hiring a contractor is a big decision. You are committing a substantial amount of money to this person’s expertise. You are also committing to changes that you are likely to live with in your home for many years to come. But surprisingly, many homeowners do not get a second opinion when hiring a contractor. It is important to meet with several contractors to be sure you are hiring the person who is a right fit for your particular job. Here are just a few of the many reasons you should get multiple bids before hiring a contractor:
1. You might be able to save money.
For many homeowners, the most important part of a construction project is the budget. If you do not get multiple bids, you will not know whether your contractor is quoting you the average market price for the work to be performed. Even if the price is fair for your market, you might still be able to save money by going with another contractor. Different contractors have different connections for materials and subcontractor labor. A different contractor might also have ideas about how you can cut costs while still maintaining function and aesthetics.
2. Another contractor might have more experience with your particular job.
Whether you are hiring an accountant, lawyer, doctor, or contractor, it is important to find a professional who has experience with your particular situation. A contractor might seem experienced when he or she first submits a bid. But unless you get an opinion from another contractor, you will not be able to evaluate who is actually more experienced. Ask the contractor about other jobs in which he or she has performed similar work. Ask for opinions about your proposals and see if the contractor has their own opinions. If not, the contractor might not have enough experience to be able to address any issues that arise during the completion of your project.
3. A second opinion might reveal options you didn’t know you had.
When you ask for a contractor’s suggestions, you are also learning about the different options you have for meeting your construction goals. This is important. A contractor’s experience can lead to suggestions for saving money, improving flow or function, increasing the aesthetic appeal of a project, and meeting other important goals. Homeowners who are open to these suggestions often end up with even better results than they anticipated.
The Right Attorneys for Sarasota Construction Litigation
Even the most careful homeowner who thoroughly vets a contractor cannot foresee all construction problems. If you suspect that you are the victim of substandard construction work, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Statutes of limitation create deadlines for exercising your legal rights. Delays can also lead to the loss of critical evidence.
Call Inverso Law Group at (941) 926-6039 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced construction litigation attorneys. We have helped many Sarasota residents protect their legal rights after substandard construction work, and we can help protect you, too.