Re: Where can I find contractors? - Posted by IB (NJ)
Posted by IB (NJ) on November 26, 2000 at 02:30:15:
Funny you asked. I was going through the same thing just a few months ago on my first rehab. Unfortunately, I got what I wished for. An irresponsible, unprofessional, half-assed “contractor”. After all, I, like you, only wanted a contractor. After turning a 1 month job into a 3 month job I realized that I wanted a responsible and professional contractor. What did I do? I decided I would get out and hit “the street” 8 am in the morning. I figured anyone who has a whole crew (4 or 5 guys) out and working 8 in the morning has got to be more responsible than a crew of guys who are standing around 9:30 am, smoking, smelling like marijuana, and talking on cell phones to their girlfriends like the last bunch of idiots I hired. Now these new guys haven’t started working for me yet. But, so far, they are the only guys who showed up on time to look things over and submit a bid. Not only that, they’re investigation of the proposed rehab was 10 times more thorough. I have no doubt that these guys will get completed on time and do quality work. Of course, I’ll have a tight contract, dot all “i”'s and cross all “t”'s.
But my advice is to go out early in the morning (8 am) and look for crews who are working hard. These are the guys who will perform the same on your rehab project.