For those who have worked in the home remodeling business, they have seen home repairs done by professionals and amateurs and most of the time there’s a large difference between the two of them.
Just the other day, someone was looking at a home that was built in early 19th century and the homeowner wanted an approximation for her bathroom remodel. By looking around the home, that contractor could tell that some of the home repairs were done by amateurs and proceeded to ask her about them.
The homeowner told the contractor that it wasn’t a big deal and that he was going to be fixing them in any case, so why should she even be anxious about them. When the contractor tried to explain to her about the difference between hiring a home repair expert or amateurs to work on her house, she understood that by hiring amateurs for her projects, she just spent a few thousands extra dollars to have everything fix by a professional.
Let’s see now why it’s important to have professional home repair specialists.
When you hire a contractor to do something in your home, you get them for their experience. They have worked in that business for a long time and they know exactly what needs to be done and how. The experience is not about just the practical things that they have to do, but it’s also about the number of successful projects that they have finished.
Compared to the contractors, an amateur will do the job out of pleasure or simply to get your money. Many projects that are done like this fall into the DIY category of projects, when instead of calling someone else to do them for you, you can do them all alone. However, in some cases, the results might be disastrous and you will still need help from a contractor.
When the work is performed by a contractor, you will get a warranty. This means that if the work is not good, he will have to come and pay for the damage or to repair what was broken. Let’s say you had some tiles installed in your bathroom. If in just a few months the tile falls from the wall, the contractor will come and replace your tiles, fix them and make the bathroom brand new again.
If the work is done by an amateur, you won’t have anyone to turn to for compensation if something goes wrong. In the given example, if your tiles were installed by an amateur, you won’t be able to receive any warranty and you’ll still have to call for a professional to fix your bathroom.
Any contractor who respects the clients will provide a written contract where you will find all the details regarding the project. It doesn’t matter why you call the contractor – it may be about home improvement, home décor or home repair projects – in all the cases you will find in the contract everything that you need to know and a lot more. This will also be the base of the future warranty, in case something goes wrong with your project after it is finished.
An amateur or a person who does not represent a contractor, won’t be able to give you any written contract. As it was stated above, if the work is not successful and if the project proves to be a failure, you’ll have to pay again for making the repairs. You have already paid the money, so you’ll convince yourself that it was all a scam.
When you deal with any similar projects, you can either do them by yourself – but in this case you need to have the right knowledge, skills and tools, or you can call for a professional contractor to do everything for you. It’s true that it might be a little more expensive, but it’s definitely worth it.