We’ve all heard horror stories of cowboy builders before. It’s easy to think that you know better, and that it wouldn’t happen to you. But even for the most experienced property developers, landlords, homeowners and property managers, it’s difficult to spot a rogue contractor until it’s too late.
From amateur trades people to facility managers charging over the odds for simple tasks, are you being ripped off by your contractors? Look out for the following red flags:
One of the most clear-cut signs of a rogue trader is shoddy workmanship. When managing build work, fit outs or refurbishments, you should keep a constant eye on the work completed, to ensure that problems are flagged up and addressed instantly. If you’re hiring a facility manager or project manager, they should be able to do this for you.
To ensure that you don’t pay for poor quality workmanship, have a read of our recent article on the importance of snagging. Always inspect the work completed by contractors before you hand over cash – it will be near impossible to have it fixed if you’ve already settled their invoice.
Value for money
No matter how vigilant you may be, it’s easier than you think to be ripped off by contractors. Although 90% of the contractors you work with will be honest, reliable and hard working, there are plenty of less credible firms and trades people in the market. Find a team of personnel you can trust and build long-term relationships with your contractors, to ensure that you get the best possible results at a fair price on every project you undertake.
Been let down by your current contractors? Choose a facility management firm with a difference. Contact Brighter FM to request a free, no-obligation quote today.