Fix and flip houses long enough and sooner or later you’ll become disgruntled with a contractor. Or, they’ll become disgruntled with you. Here are some key indicators that a divorce with your contractor is eminent:
- Contractor displays a lack of attention to detail.
- Contractor is unable to complete a job on time as promised.
- Contractor is unable to complete a job on budget.
- Contractor calls you an idiot.
- Contractor doesn’t call you at all.
Why does this happen? Human nature I guess. You’ll likely discover that once a contractor has won your business they can become complacent. They miss the small stuff. They get busy with other customers and neglect your project.
I once employed a project manager named Edward. We worked together for over two years. Then one day he just disappeared. I should have saw it coming. The last few jobs he did for me were sub-standard. I remember scheduling a final walkthrough with him for a property located over an hour from my office. When I showed up at the house the painters were still there painting. I asked Edward if he understood the definition of the word final. Nothing ticks me off more than when I schedule a final walkthrough with my project manager and the job is not complete.
Of course, a contractor may elect to divorce you. Here’s why they would choose to do that:
- You don’t pay on time.
- You don’t pay enough.
- The contractor found a BBD (a bigger, better deal).
Neglecting to pay your trades promptly is bad. I like to pay mine within 7-days of job completion. Likewise, if you squeeze contractors too much on price then they’ll ditch you and your project when a more lucrative opportunity comes along. And even if you pay on time, and pay fairly, nothing will stop a contractor from seeking out the bigger, better deal.
Eventually I would learn that my Edward got a bigger, better deal. I found out from the landscaper that he moved to Canada to build log cabins for a wealthy land developer. Thus, I can’t blame Edward for leaving me. No doubt his new employer offered a steady paycheck, benefits, perhaps even a brand new cordless drill and extension ladder.
Still, a phone call, text message, heck, even a Dear John letter would have been nice. But you know what they say, “better to have loved and lost a good contractor than to have never loved at all.”