Finally, there is an inescapable element of faith and confidence involved in the homeowner/contractor relationship, and it pains me greatly to say so. You may find more details about this at http://ecotalk.org/eco-friendly-flooring-ideas/.
Contractors need to inspire confidence in homeowners, despite an acceptable estimate, a clear outline of homeowner expectations, and a successful reference check, and homeowners have to trust that contractors will perform as expected. Simply put, homeowners need to get that famous “good feeling” from a potential contractor, and the same is needed by contractors. The best way to do this is so-called “face time” Make sure that you meet, talk, and ask questions. If at the earliest stage both parties are unable to do this, imagine what communication is going to be like should things go wrong. As a homeowner talking to a contractor, imagine that some element of your job that is less than expected is discussed at the halfway point of your project. Can you imagine this contractor picking up the phone or driving to your site to talk about a change in design or perceived shortcoming? Taking an extra step, six months after the chequeen has been cashed, you can see this contractor arriving at your door with hat in hand to propose the remedy for your peeling paint.
Truly, it is not scientific to rely on good feelings between homeowners and contractors and it can not be legislated, but after successfully doing the legwork required to ensure that your project continues smoothly, your trust in your contractor should be what gets him or her the job, and gets you what you want as a homeowner. Everybody is happy in that way. That way, the next time you hear the big cry, “Contractor Down!,” ringing throughout your neighbourhood, you’re not going to have the urge to rush over and get your kick in to atone for the shared lack of planning and communication that is always at the root of failing jobs.