When it comes to home improvement, there are lots of ways that you can save yourself a fortune. Most people don’t know it, but contractors are very easy to bargain with! We decided to write an article on the best ways to get affordable construction from your local contractor.
One of the first things that you need to look at is timing. Everybody and their sister is trying to get a contractor to come out and do some work on the house over the Spring, Summer and Fall. What most people don’t realize is that because they are trying to get a contractor to come out during their busiest season, these contractors get to charge top dollar! That’s right, when you call a painting contractor in the Summer, you’re calling him at the same time that 20 or so other people are calling him. So if he gives you a quote that’s high, he has no problem walking away if you say you won’t work with him.
One of the best tips you’ll ever receive with regard to hiring contractors is to work with them in the slow season (which is over Winter). For some reason most home owners will not call a contractor to work on their house when it’s cold. Believe it or not, contractors are really trying to get work at this time! Any work will help them get through the winter, so this is your best chance to get them to lower their prices. This is especially easy when you get 3 or so contractors all bidding on the same work. Some of these contractors will work for as low as minimum wage! However it would be kind of you to be fair to your local contractors (they’ll remember you and help you in the future).
Another great way to save money is to buy your own supplies! This is commonly frowned upon by contractors because if you get the wrong supplies it will cost you money and cause the contractor to have to do more work by getting the supplies you messed up on. So be certain before you go out and buy supplies for a job! You can find out more by visiting your local hardware store. Make sure you speak with someone who really knows what they’re talking about.
If you’re painting a house, you should visit Sherwin Williams for advice. They’re usually more than happy to help! Keep in mind though that your painting contractor gets a discount on paint supplies, so it might be a good idea to just have him purchase the supplies for you. In fact, you should always consult your contractor on this matter before you make the purchase.
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