How to tell if your home builder is cutting too many corners

beware home builderUnfortunately, there are a lot of shady contractors out there. As a result, watchdog websites like Google Reviews, the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List are thriving. It is important to be aware of the following ways that a builder is cutting too many corners.

Bogus Work

Sometimes, it’s not always possible to know whether a need for additional work exists until after the start of a project. A contractor who is installing new flooring might discover that some of the subflooring is rotted. If this happens, the homeowner should be alerted and be made aware of the cost of additional work. On the other hand, red flags should go up anytime a contractor continuously presents issues that require additional funds. They could be attempting to pad their bill by inventing problems. You always have the right to get a second opinion for unreasonable requests to perform additional work outside the scope of your agreement.

Substandard Materials

The term “builder grade” is a bit misleading in that it implies the material is quality made.  In most cases, builder grade materials are of average quality. They’re both pre-built and mass-produced.  Do your research and understand the materials that are used to build your home. While slightly higher upfront costs for quality materials may seem like an inconvenience, it is money well spent when you realize your windows, roofing, or siding lasts much longer.

Bait & Switch

Shady contractors promise you quality materials then substitute cheaper materials. This situation can be hard to detect until a few years later when materials start aging prematurely, and you find yourself replacing them sooner. Make sure that if you're promised high-quality materials, that you receive what you agreed to. You have the right as a homeowner to look over any materials before and after installation carefully. Don’t hesitate to question anything that seems off. A reputable contractor has nothing to hide and will gladly answer any questions you have.

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