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We understand that small businesses need to get the best value for their money when it comes to a renovation project. Often times, there will be a contractor that will offer an unbelievably low price. This is the time to pause and ask yourself, “why are their prices so much lower?”
Is this because they are using cheaper materials?
Or is it because they finish the job quickly and incorrectly?
Sadly, we see too many clients who chose contractors that offer the “better price”—only to find their “completed” projects are rife with mistakes that we often have to then fix. Through best practices and years of experience, our team has learned the ins and outs of common flooring renovation mistakes, as well as how to avoid them in the first place:
- Choosing A Contractor Because They Are Lower Priced – This is one of the most common mistakes we see when clients are comparing contractors. In our profession, we understand the value of getting what you pay for. The cheaper option for your project may be appear more bottom line-friendly now, but in many instances you will see that the quality of the project is well below average—which in turn costs you more in the long run.
When it comes to comparing prices, you should always closely review the materials being used and consider the longevity needed from your flooring project—as you don’t want to pay twice over a short period of time to have it done right.
It is imperative to work with your contractor, discuss where the cost is going, and consider the longevity of your project to ensure you are getting the best option for your budget. You will likely find that a higher upfront price will help save you money in the long term.
- Not Planning For Unexpected Costs – When it comes to a renovation, planning for unexpected expenses is sadly often overlooked. Allotting part of your budget to unplanned expenses is important when hiring a new contractor because in the world of renovation, you never know what you may find.
For example, you may be completing a flooring renovation project and in the process of removing the old flooring, your contractor uncovers moisture buildup in your sub-flooring. Before you can move forward with completing the renovation, you will have to address this issue to ensure this will not happen again. This would be an instance where your unexpected expenses fund will come into play without breaking your budget.
It is instances like these that you will be grateful to have planned for that extra money.
- Hiring an Inexperienced Contractor – There is nothing worse than hiring a team that says they can complete the job, but when it comes time to actually do the work, the contractor completes the job incorrectly.
Checking your contractors credentials and work experience is an essential part of hiring the right resource. When considering contractors, ensure they have done jobs similar to your project’s needs and ask for examples of previous work they have completed. It is essential to ask the hard questions to avoid making the wrong decision by choosing an inexperienced contractor for your job. You want to make sure your contractor has your best interests in mind and works with you on creating solutions for your projects needs.
We understand that renovations can be pricey, and that’s why we always guarantee that we fully understand your goals and earn your trust before taking on a new project.
Have questions about your flooring renovation process? Contact us today to speak with one of our flooring experts about your next project!