Before you hire a contractor for a major home project (like installing a septic tank), there are lots of factors you should consider.
In this blog, we’re going to talk about three of the most important: reviews, company history, and price.
Major home projects aren’t cheap! So you want to make sure your money isn’t wasted or stolen.
Also, these projects usually require some part of your home to be torn up on purpose to make space for your new things. You’ll want everything put back together nice and neat so you don’t have big, expensive problems later on.
If you consider reviews, company history, and price, this will help you choose a good contractor. So please keep reading to learn the details of these three factors!
Before you choose a contractor, read a handful of reviews from at least 2 or 3 separate sources. We recommend checking out Google Customer Reviews, Angi (formerly known as Angie’s List) Yelp, and Yellow Pages. A not-so-obvious place to read reviews is the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. You can also read formal complaints there and see your contractor’s BBB rating.
Many local service companies have been around for decades. This can be a sign that they’ve served their community well for a long time, making them trustworthy.
But if they’ve been cheating people or providing bad service, then you’ll find years’ worth of bad reviews and word-of-mouth testimonials from your community. BBB Septic and Portable Toilets has provided septic system services to Northwest Arkansas for 36 years. Also, we started off small and have grown and grown in that time. We don’t say this to brag, but to demonstrate that quality companies typically grow and last.
When people go used-car shopping, they know this principle…
If you spend a good amount of money on a vehicle, it won’t give you problems. If you buy cheap, it’ll be expensive in the long run because it’ll give you lots of problems.
This idea applies to major home projects too. Here’s what happens: many homeowners will get multiple bids or estimates from multiple contractors. They’ll compare the prices and then choose the cheapest one.
There are a few issues with this method.
Contractors who do work for cheap usually do cheap work. In other words, cheap contractors usually deliver low-quality results. And the results of low-quality work break down quickly, meaning you’ll need to sign another check to fix their mistakes.
And depending on how badly they mess things up, you’ll have to sign a few checks.
Another issue: when you sign a contract with your contractor, legally speaking, they have to finish your project within a certain timeframe for a certain amount of money.
But cheap contractors tend to request too many change orders. A change order is when your contractor requests to change your contract to include more time and money. So if you expected your home project to cost $1000 and be finished in 2 days, you’d end up spending $2,500, and they’ll finish in two weeks.
Our advice, pay more upfront to avoid lots of expenses later. And read lots of reviews from good sources and consider how long the contractor has been in business. BBB Septic and Portable Toilets has provided high-quality septic system services to Northwest Arkansas for 36 years. So if you need septic system design, maintenance, repair, or installation, contact us today by clicking here.