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Hiring Contractors: Tips, Tricks, and What to Avoid

Two property managers hiring contractors and shaking hands The hiring of competent, trustworthy contractors to make upgrades and repairs to your home can be one of the most difficult aspects of investing in Heber Springs single-family rental properties. Few investors have the time or resources to squander hiring a contractor who does subpar work. But in actuality, there are people out there who will try to con you out of your money and then abandon you. Fortunately, finding the trustworthy, fairly priced contractors you require for work is achievable if you are aware of a few basic tips and methods as well as what to avoid.

Ask for Referrals

As a property owner, you require reliable contractors to finish the job. It’s a smart idea to look for pros in the field you want to work for you regularly. This allows you to save a tremendous amount of cash and time. But, in seeking out contractors who might cultivate long-term business partnerships, you must first carry out research. Requesting connections from trustworthy real estate agents, Heber Springs property managers, as well as other property owners is a smart place to start. You can also conduct online research on possible contractors. Lots of sites try their best to help in the screening of contractors by using customer reviews or expert suggestions.

Ask for References

Asking for recommendations is another wonderful technique for choosing a quality contractor (or two). Qualified contractors would gladly give you the names of one or more previous customers who may share their experiences. After you have a name, ask detailed questions about the contractor’s reliability, affordability, response, and flexibility. Has the price remained the same? How effectively did they address your concerns and adjustments? If you have issues with the answers you receive, you should continue searching.

Research Your Top Picks

It’s essential to thoroughly research a candidate’s credentials and internet reviews before deciding to hire them. In order to find the name of your contractor, check with the state licensing board and browse local court records. Use of unlicensed contractors is not advised because doing so could put your rental property in considerable jeopardy. A massive number of grievances or legal actions is not good. The same applies if you have trouble getting the contractor to pick up the phone or answer your messages. A few missed calls here and there may not be a sure sign of difficulty, but if more than 24 hours go by with no reply, it’s time to go elsewhere.

As the bid process is underway, there are a few other danger signs to look out for. For instance, check for negative internet reviews or suspiciously cheap costs, and avoid them. Also, it’s recommended to steer clear of any contractor who requests a sizable upfront deposit. Anything above 15% should raise red flags. The same is true if the contractor makes bold claims about how much work they can complete in a certain amount of time or indicates that they would require unlimited time and supplies. Finding someone who is continuously realistic about project expenses and completion dates is as important as finding someone who can work efficiently.

Focus on Quality

Request bids from possible contractors after you’ve screened a few of them. The bid should provide you with an idea of what you might anticipate paying for the service, as well as how each contractor calculates their prices. Even while it could be tempting, resist the urge to accept the lowest offer, especially if it is much less than the others. Very low bids could indicate that the contractor is trying to entice you with a low price only to tack on extra costs later. These could also suggest that the contractor has no plans to secure the appropriate work licenses. At the same time, it is crucial not to overpay for a contractor’s services. Consider accepting the midway offer; it will probably be the most reasonable.

Usually, it may be time-consuming to select the most qualified contractors for your investment property’s restorations and maintenance. But once you know whom you can trust to do the work, that part of your property management strategy can turn into a simple and swift process. You can save time by calling Real Property Management Delta, which has developed relationships throughout Heber Springs. For additional details right away, contact us at 501-404-0674 for more information today.


Originally Published on March 27, 2020

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