If you're dreaming of a brand new kitchen, bath, or want an addition added to your home, you might think that hiring the contractor who is available at a moment's notice is the way to go. In reality, the best contractor for your renovation is one that is so busy that you will have to wait. Here's what to know about a busy contractor.
One situation that good residential home contractors find themselves in is that of being in high demand. Their work is good, or even great. They also hire the right people to do the right jobs. Because contractors do not complete the work themselves, they will call on experts in specific fields at various times to get your job done. Some industries they need to hire for, depending on the job, include:
- flooring experts
These skilled professionals are also busy, if they are good. This means that you will need to wait for them to be available for your contractor's use. The contractor who is very busy has taken the time to research and choose the right sub-contractors to work on specific projects. They don't just find the first professional they see online. Most do have long-standing relationships with particular people that they will call on to get specific jobs done.
A busy contractor is not only in high demand but utilizes his people well, so jobs are done correctly and on time, no matter how many projects are working at the same time. When a contractor's crew falls behind, because of slowness or mistakes, other jobs are wait-listed, which may not be good for business. It's important to know the difference between falling behind on a job and having a lot of jobs.
Reviews can help you determine whether the contractor and his crew are truly busy, or if you might get wait-listed because of mistakes on other projects. Look for reviews on social media, as those are the most reliable. While most reviews from contractor websites can be honest, you'll get a good indication of how busy a contractor is and what the quality of their work is by searching for them on social media.
Ask the contractor how many other jobs they are working on. If they tell you they are wide open and can start right away, then you may want to keep shopping around and interviewing. If they tell you it's going to be a couple of weeks, then you may have found the right residential contractor.