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Cheap Remodeler Not Always the Best

I simply wish to give an example of why giving the job to the cheapest remodeler is not always the best.

We all want to save as much money as we can, but giving the job to a cheap remodeler service is not always the best route. Unless you have used the services of a particular contractor in the past, you undoubtedly will get at least two bids or more to make sure you are getting the best value for the price for your home repairs.

There is a lot than can be said about choosing a good remodeler or remodeler, and we’ll cover some of those issues at another time.  Right now, however, I simply wish to give an example of why giving the job to the cheapest remodeler is not always the best.  The bottom line is that you get what you pay for and that includes workman.  The contractor that is willing to give bottom price and can get to the job right now is a good sign that he does not have work, and usually there is a reason said individual does not have work.

Just recently, I was called to look at a bathroom in a rental property.  The company manager said the renter was complaining about the tub surround in the upstairs bathroom. Besides leaving the area around the installed tub surround uneven and unsightly, the remodeler that installed this tub surround glued the corner pieces up-side-down!  There are two soap trays in each corner area and all four are upside down.

Perhaps the installer worked in the dark but obviously you want to look things over and make sure everything is in working order before you leave the job site. About the only option for the renter to do here is find soap that works with Velcro so it will stick under the shelf!

The other remodeler would not return their calls, so not only did this managing company have to pay me to remove the improperly installed surround, but now pay for a new tub surround kit and for my installation.   I patched some bad spots around the edges and glued and nailed in place molding around all the edges of the new surround to give it a clean look and protect the edges from coming loose in the future.

Yes, it is tempting sometimes to take the cheaper route, but unless you are confident in the ability of that workman to properly complete the project, it just might be cheaper in the long run to pay for quality service the first time with somebody you know will be around just in case there is something that needs to be fine tuned.

Betts Remodeling is not the cheapest remodeler in the Greeley area, but he will give his best quality work the first time, and in the event of an honest human mistake, he will come back and make it right.

Glen Betts
Glen Betts
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