Renovation Nightmares: Why they Happen

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Who you invite into your home is important. On a fundamental level, we all understand that. Most don’t let in strangers off the street as a general practice but there is one critical exception: home repair and renovations.

You may not think much about it, but what exactly do you know about the contractor renovating your kitchen? What is their experience? Or, their qualifications?

The average home spends between 1-3% on just home maintenance alone each year, but when a job is done poorly? The number can get substantially higher.

Today we cover the home renovation nightmare, what can happen, why it happens, and how to choose the right contractor.

The What:

Every home renovation nightmare is unique, but they all have a common set of features. Unprofessional contractors, poorly kept timelines, spending that goes well over budget. Worst case scenario, hiring the wrong person can result in many thousands of dollars wasted.

Or, perhaps everything goes smoothly until you get the remodel inspected and find that it isn’t up to code. Code violations will happen sometimes, even from well-meaning, well-qualified contractors. However, it’s how they resolve the problems that makes the difference.

Best case scenario, they fix the violations for free. Worst case, you’re out more money, more time.

Of course, the list of potential issues could go on and on. Talk to ten people you know who’ve had home remodels, and you’ll probably find nearly just as many stories involving nightmare experiences.

The impact of poor home renovations is real. Thousands of families in the United States alone suffer the consequences each year. For example, in 2018 58% of American homeowners were considering an imminent home renovation.

With numbers of that size, the scale of the problem is apparent. When the quality isn’t there home renovations can have painful repercussions for many people.

The Why:

The why of it is simple. Vetting contractors isn’t always easy, and the resources that we use aren’t always as reliable as expected.

An NBC News report recently profiled the website HomeAdvisor. The story only spotlighted one major incident of a contractor falling short of HomeAdvisor’s guarantees. However, the report also alluded to a number of other similar incidents occurring all across the country.

How to Choose the Right Contractor

You can’t hire someone just because of an endorsement from a faceless website.

Online resources can help, but at the end of the day, reputation is the only thing that will guarantee you’re getting someone worthy of trust. The good news is that if you want to figure out how to choose the right contractor, the answer is pretty simple. Go with the group that has a proven track record of success.

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At Fix Construction, quality assurance is a top priority. We manage all aspects of construction from design to warranty, guaranteeing you a cost-saving, satisfying experience.

Fully (MHIC) licensed and insured with General Liability, Automobile Liability, and Workman’s Compensation insurance, we guarantee you’ll be treated to the same low-stress experience many others have had before you.


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