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Contractor 101: Are You Getting Ripped Off?

Contractor 101

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When planning a home renovation, choosing the right contractor is critical. From checking the quality of their work, putting things in writing and agreeing on a timeline- to double checking that the contractor is properly licensed and insured- it’s a lot to keep in mind. 

We want our students to approach this process with confidence, so we brought in a super special guest!

Josh Temple is an adventurous licensed contractor who’s confident to demolish and reconstruct both houses and landscapes. He gutted his first house from floor to ceiling and worked in construction for several years. He’s even worked alongside family and friends in Los Angeles to flip houses. His ability to face off on all projects made him the ultimate expert to host shows like DIY Network’s series House Crashers and Disaster House

By the end of today’s class, you’ll have a strong checklist to present to your next hired gun.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THE ESTIMATE YOU’RE GETTING IS FAIR?

  • Get several estimates
  • Do your homework
  • Quotes will change based on the time of year/weather.

WHAT’S A GOOD WAY TO CHECK ON CONTRACTORS WORK:

  • Most contractors have a website, their binder or list of references
  • Spend some time with them (coffee or something) to talk about expectations.

WHAT SHOULD YOU GET IN WRITING?

  • It depends on the scope of the project. Expect a timeline, but go piece by piece.
  • Have a budget expectation and also pick that apart by item.
  • Make as many choices as possible at the front end.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A LICENSED CONTRACTOR:

  • You can’t get your license without getting a bond, and that protects everyone.
  • When you deal with power, water or gas hire a professional.
  • If your job isn’t permitted it can’t be included on the square footage of the home.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A CONTRACTOR IS CUTTING CORNERS:

  • Use your own radar.
  • Do your homework and research online/watch some videos.
  • Make sure they’re permitted and the inspector will be keeping an eye on everything.

HOMEWORK!

  • Find out the value of your house, create a one sheet and then find comps in your neighborhood. Then make a list of things you want for your house: split it up into things that have a return on your investment and won’t (you can find ROI online). It will help you prioritize you home projects.

FIND JOSH:

INSTAGRAM– www.instagram.com/joshtempletv

TWITTER- https://twitter.com/joshtempletv

BOYS TOWN– https://www.boystown.org

MAKE FOR GOOD– https://www.boystown.org/Pages/Make4Good.aspx

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