Haste Makes Waste When Hiring Home Contractors

by Beth Belloise 11/22/2019

If you've ever experienced the frustration of paying more than necessary for home repairs, remodeling, or upgrades, you're not alone! Most of us have done it at one time or another, and it's not a pleasant feeling!

The good news is that if you make up your mind to do a little research, ask questions, request a free quote, and get two or three estimates, then you probably won't have to repeat the same mistake. Unless it's a dire emergency, it's always better to take your time in choosing a contractor or repair technician for a home project.

While it may be a little more time consuming to get recommendations, compare prices, and talk to several contractors, it's well worth it -- both in terms of monetary savings and peace of mind. Since the typical homeowner incurs many expenses, every year, to maintain their plumbing, electricity, roof, floors, HVAC system, landscaping, appliances, and much more, the amount of money you can save from comparing estimates and researching contractors can really add up!

The ideal scenario for hiring a home contractor is to get a recommendation from a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor. That doesn't necessarily guarantee that you'll be getting the best value for your dollar, but it's a darn good starting point! Online reviews of contractors can also be helpful, but sometimes they lack the detail and credibility that's essential to a meaningful recommendation. No review is complete unless it says whether the customer would hire the contractor again and if they (the customer) would recommend them to family and friends.

Since no one's perfect, it's also helpful to know what the contractor could have done better. A lot of times people will say something like, "I was satisfied with the end result, but the project took a lot longer than expected and the contractor always showed up late." Asking questions, comparing prices, and asking for references are among the ways to increase the likelihood that you'll be satisfied with the contractor you choose and the quality of work they provide.

Depending on the scope of the project and its estimated cost, you may also want to check whether the contractors you're considering are accredited with the Better Business Bureau and if anyone has filed a complaint against them. Being accredited does not mean that the BBB endorses the business, but it does indicate that the business does meet certain standards and that they have agreed to make a good faith effort to resolve consumer complaints. In order to be accredited by the BBB, businesses need to submit an application, meet accreditation standards, and pay a fee. To keep their designation, they must maintain at least a "B" rating with the Bureau and continue to comply with its standards of professionalism, honesty, and customer responsiveness.

About the Author
Author

Beth Belloise

Beth has been a Florida resident for more than 40 years and knows the Tampa Bay area intimately. She began her career in real estate in 2001, obtained her broker’s license in 2007 and started Belloise Realty Tropical, Inc. in 2008. Beth recently formed Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a service driven, innovative brokerage geared towards selling the Florida Tropical Lifestyle. Though serving all the West Pasco and Northern Pinellas area, Beth and her team specialize in waterfront properties. She has been a resident of the Gulf Harbors waterfront community since 2000 and is passionate about the west coast of Florida & Gulf Harbors tropical lifestyle, incredible sunsets, and wonderful community. If you were to ask Beth just what she loves about living in the area, her reply would be quite simple, everything. As a person who is naturally drawn to the water and sun, Beth takes full advantage of all the amenities the Florida coast area offers. From boating and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to watching the dolphins swim in her back yard, it’s rare to find this nature lover indoors. For Beth, every aspect of her home, the picturesque sunsets, sparkling gulf waters, natural wildlife and the genuine people, allow her to stay grounded and focused on what really matters. The west coast of Florida is a place like no other to live, vacation or retire.   

Beth has a passion for being the very best at what she does. She and her agents stay up to date daily on what new homes have gone on the market and what the market value is for home sellers. Tropical Life Realty is committed to the philosophies of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Their business approach is founded on building lasting relationships based upon commitment and trust. Clients appreciate their down-to-earth style, which gives them a high degree of confidence and trust knowing that Tropical Life Realty always has the client’s best interest at heart. Beth’s years of experience, combined with hers and her agent’s genuine approach, make Tropical Life Realty uniquely qualified to connect extraordinary people with the extraordinary tropical lifestyle. Beth and her agents “live and breathes real estate” 365 days a year, they are all very passionate about their neighbors and the community.  

Whether you are buying or selling a home in this area, give Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a call today. Tropical Life Realty provides a higher level of service that is a breath of fresh air during your important transaction to a new home or selling yours. Call Tropical Life Realty today — you’ll be glad you did so that you can start living the Tropical Life! 

Real Estate Experience
• Broker
• Listing Agent
• Buyer’s Agent
• Short Sales
• HUD homes
• New home construction
• Investment properties
• Land
• Re-Sale homes
• For sale by owner homes
• Bank-owned properties
• Commercial property
• Property management

Beth is also a licensed Notary.