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Red Flags in a Contracting Expierence

Renovation projects, no matter how small or large, can end up being a nightmare when the wrong contractor is hired.

What can you do to ensure that the wrong contractor is never given the opportunity to even bid on your job?

“One of the keys to a successfully construction project is to eliminate the firms that cannot deliver on your needs,” says David Notte, owner of Wolfgang Commercial Painters. “How you do that? How do you rank contractors before they have done the job?”

“There are three “Red Flags” that can help you separate the good from the bad. The first: If contractor calls with multiple questions after the job walk, they do not communicate well and they will have a hard time meeting your specific needs. Secondly, if they can’t bid accordingly and submit their proposal ‘off’ scope they are not organized enough to handle your project professionally. Lastly, if the start and finish dates seem unrealistic, they probably are. You probably are dealing with a contractor that tends to overpromise and miss on service commitments,” says Dave.

These simple mistakes may seem small but as Dave warns “don’t take these mistakes lightly. The submittal process is the easiest part of a construction project. If your potential contractor can’t listen and seems to be overpromising, eliminate him or her from the process. By doing so, you will save some serious headaches down the road.”

Wolfgang Commercial Painters is a commercial painting company located in Burnaby BC. Wolfgang Commercial Painter’s has made Business in Vancouver’s Fast 100 list the last 2 years running. Both owners, David Notte (CEO) and Kevin Parenteau (CMO), are active members in the Entrepreneurs Organization as well as their community.

Erin Gray

About the Author: Erin Gray

Erin Gray is the Office & Marketing Manager/Finance Assistant for Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Vancouver's top commercial and strata painting companies. On a daily basis she could be responsible for doing back end maintenance on the website, organizing marketing campaigns, building videos for the website, paying suppliers and painters, collecting on outstanding invoices, ordering office supplies... just about anything that needs doing to keep the office running smoothly.

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