There has been a lot of advances in technology this year, and one of the areas is virtual staging. It has come down so much that some agents are looking at this as viable alternative to staging, rather than have the place look empty on photos and videos. In my...read more
Forget the title. It doesn’t exist. I don’t want to pay a lot when a renovation job needs to be done.
I come from a construction background and the do it yourself mentality is in full effect in my family. I also know that a lot of contractors rip off their clients and like the Real Estate Agent industry has gotten a bad name over time.
So when a job needs to be done, how do you find a cheap contractor to perform the task at hand?
The answer is you really don’t.
The reason why is that like the housing industry with houses, there is not enough contractors to fulfill the need of all of the people that are trying to do work. People buy a house and most houses need some sort of renovation, so a contractor is needed. The problem is, there are thousands of people that need that as well. The demand is so high that the prices of good contractors is sky high as well. If you are good at what you do, you can charge more money and people will pay.
The problem now is that people don’t really know who is good and who is bad, unless they come from a referral, so what happens is that the bad gets lumped in with the good. I also notice that good contractors overbook themselves because they get greedy from all of the potential and can’t deliver on their promises as well. This is where the good starts to get bad. Its a vicious cycle.
So sometimes the best option is the do it yourself if at all its possible. Depending on the job you might be able to do a good job and learn how to do a craft, but honestly, the best thing is to do your research, get some referrals, and hire a good contractor and drop the hay.
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