Professional integrity leads to quality results. That’s the philosophy we’ve formed our business around for more than a decade. Unfortunately, integrity is the exception not the rule for most contractors in southwest Florida. Choosing the lowest bid comes with a high cost. Legitimate contractors invest time and money into maintaining insurance coverage, hiring reputable sub-contractors, and keeping projects moving forward as scheduled. Yes, you can save money by hiring a cheap remodeling company, but are you prepared to handle the dangers and risks that come with saving a few dollars now?
REPUTABLE CONTRACTORS CARRY WORKER’S COMPENSATION AND GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Insurance is a subject fraught with confusion, abuse, and ignorance. Business insurance should be just as important to your well being as the personal insurance policies you carry for yourself and loved ones.
As a respected contractor, our clients entrust their offices and homes into our care, an important responsibility that we honor with worker’s compensation and general liability insurance coverage. This level of coverage not only offers protection for our laborers, but also for you, our client. If our employees get hurt on your job site we make sure they can get the help they need, not you. That should come as a relief to those who don’t relish the thought of hiring a cheap contractor only to lose their home or business in a lawsuit. Keep in mind that Florida only recognizes state-specific insurance policies, so out-of-state companies won’t necessarily be insured in Southwest Florida.
ONLY HIRE LICENSED CONTRACTORS
Palm Brothers Remodeling operates as a general contractor in the state of Florida under license #CBC 1252533, but there are plenty of contractors that don’t carry valid licenses and attempt to mislead clients on this point. Always verify your contractor’s required licenses through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Integrity and quality. We keep the principles of those words in mind when it comes to the peace of mind our license and insurance affords our clients.
LOW BIDS ARE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
Before you hire a new contractor, collect bids from two or three reputable companies to ensure that you’re paying a fair price, not the lowest price. Bids that come in much lower than other companies are a red flag. Unqualified contractors bid low to win the job and then cut corners to complete it. Bypassing local construction rules and regulations, ignoring code enforcements, and working without permits comes at a price and you’ll be the one paying it. Cheap companies cost homeowners thousands of dollars in fines and poor workmanship. Our advice? Pay a fair price for good work now and avoid paying more later.
ALWAYS GET A DETAILED ESTIMATE
Remodeling comes with unknowns that sometimes can’t be foreseen (or avoided). Hiring a professional, experienced remodeling company will help you avoid expensive surprises in the middle of a project. We always provide detailed estimates that are descriptive and explain what is included. Extremely low estimates are red flags. Illegitimate contractors make money by charging exorbitant fees for change orders and extras after the job has started, leaving you with no choice but to pay thousands of dollars to finish the project.
GOOD CONTRACTORS OFFER REFERRALS. CHEAP CONTRACTORS MAKE PROMISES
Talk is cheap. A good contractor will be able to provide referrals from past clients and suppliers to back up claims. We’ve operated on a word-of-mouth basis since 2002, retaining new jobs based only on the outstanding projects we’ve completed for past clients. You have the right to ask for referrals and call them to double check their validity. Any contractor that refuses to supply references is not a company you want to work with. Are you reluctant to ask for references? Visit the Better Business Bureau for an anonymous, fast background check.
The consequence of ignoring these red flags is a potential loss of thousands of dollars and time down the road. It’s tempting to move forward with the lowest bidder; after all, the economy has tightened everyone’s purse strings, but if you’re trying to decide between a good contractor or the cheapest contractor ask yourself if the low cost now is worth the high cost later. If we’re holding ourselves to high standards, shouldn’t you be too?