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Hiring Contractors: Tips, Tricks, and What to Avoid

Two property managers hiring contractors and shaking hands Hiring qualified, dependable contractors for your property improvements and fixes can be one of the most difficult aspects of investing in Lynchburg single-family rental properties. Few investors are willing to spend time or money on a contractor that delivers low-quality work. However, the reality is that there are con artists and others who will strive to defraud you and leave you hanging. However, if you know a few easy tips and methods – and what to avoid – it is feasible to discover the trustworthy, fairly priced contractors you require for every project.

Ask for Referrals

As a property owner, you seek trustworthy contractors to finish the job. It is a worthwhile endeavor to seek out industry pros that you will want to employ frequently. This will save you a great deal of time and money. But you must first conduct research in order to choose contractors you may develop enduring business ties with. Looking for suggestions from reliable real estate agents, Lynchburg property managers, and other property owners is a great way to begin. Potential contractors might also be researched online. Some websites attempt to assist users in vetting contractors via customer evaluations or professional advice.

Ask for References

Asking for references is another technique for choosing a fantastic contractor (or two). Qualified contractors would gladly give you the names of one or more previous customers who may share their experiences. Once you have a contractor’s name, inquire about their price, reliability responsiveness, and adaptability. Did they honor the agreed-upon price? How effectively did they address your concerns and adjustments? It is in your best interest to keep looking if you have concerns about the responses you receive.

Research Your Top Picks

Before settling on a contractor, it is necessary to extensively examine their credentials and online evaluations. Consult your state’s licensing board and local court documents for your contractor’s name. Using unlicensed contractors is not recommended since you risk taking significant legal responsibility for your rental property. 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. Even though a few missed calls may not necessarily indicate danger, give it more than 24 hours before following up.

Other red flags to look out for throughout the bidding process include the following. For instance, keep an eye out for negative internet reviews or suspiciously low costs, and avoid the business if you discover either. Beware of any contractor who wants a hefty advance deposit as well. Anywhere above 15% should be caused for caution. This is additionally true if the contractor mentions that they will require unlimited time and supplies or makes significant guarantees about how much they can achieve in the time frame specified. While efficiency is important, it’s as important to hire someone who continually keeps project expenses and completion dates in perspective.

Focus on Quality

Once you have evaluated a number of prospective contractors, get bids from them. The bid will indicate what you can expect to pay for the job and how each provider calculates their prices. Do not accept the lowest offer, particularly if it is much cheaper than the others. Very cheap bids may indicate that the contractor intends to tack on additional fees later on. They may also suggest that the contractor has no intention of acquiring the necessary work permits. Yet, it’s crucial to avoid paying too much for your contractor’s services. Aim for the middle offer, which is likely to be the most reasonable.

It may take a little while to start looking for the best contractors for your investment property’s repairs and upgrades. But once you choose whom you can trust to complete the task, this component of your property management plan can become streamlined and effective. Contacting Real Property Management Cairn, who has connections all around Lynchburg, will save you time. Contact us 434-215-3028 for more information today.


Originally Published on March 27, 2020

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