Finding a Fixer Upper Contractor in Sacramento

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Finding a Fixer Upper Contractor in Sacramento 

 

So you have finally made the purchase of that home or investment property in Sacramento, now it’s time for the improvements. The Fixer Upper Contractor in Sacramento can add equity and profits if chosen correctly. Here are some tips to getting good value from your selection.

 

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What to look for in a Good Fixer Upper Contractor in Sacramento

 

  • Experience in rehab projects - Does the contractor have extensive knowledge of the entire home? Most rehab projects involve several contractor working on windowtrades and the coordination of the work is vital. If the contractor can do most of the work himself, things will tend to go smoother. Don’t be afraid to ask for references from past clients. 
  • Realistic Timeframe for completing the work – Is the contractor capable of handling your job and the other work that he is doing for other clients? Must contractors who are worth hiring have several projects going at once. This is okay as long as none of the projects are being delayed because of lack of personnel or finances. 
  • Has an understanding of how best to improve your property – Can the contractor find that balance between a cheap repair and over improving the property? During the interview, ask him what he thinks about some of the improvements, get his personal opinion. An experienced fixer upper contractor in Sacramento knows what is being done in the region by other property owners.
  • Works well with others – Finding a contractor who is capable of working with other repairmen, owners, tenants, and building inspectors makes for a trouble-free project. Everyone involved wants to get the jog completed in a timely fashion, make sure that your man understands the value in working with others.


Before you jump into a working relationship with your contractor

Before you jump into a working relationship, you still need to do a few more things. Don’t even consider doing work before checking out the following items. Skipping these things can prevent getting any recourse, make you liable, and canturn your fixer upper project into a major headache.

 

Make sure the contractor is licensed, and in good standing, with the California State Licensing Board – If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you become the general contractor. You will be liable for the work performed, certificate of insuranceexposure to liable for loss, and workmanship.

 

Ask for Certificates of insurance – Liability, Workers’ Compensation, and Automobile Insurance are all expectable requests. Check that the certificates are current and match the contractors name or business.

 

Contractors are required to be bonded – The current minimum is $12,500 and this protects you when working with your fixer upper contractor. You may need to go after the bonding company for money is some situations.

 

Get references and check them out – It is not uncommon for a property owner to ask for references, but the follow up is often lacking. Those on the list are there because they will give a positive response, so ask the probing questions: What was the one thing that you wish you had done differently? Did he make maximum use of each day? Those types of questions may lead to better feedback.

 

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There are good contractors in Sacramento that can help with your home or investment property. Taking the time to find the right one for you can be beneficial for your job and those that you may have in the future. So do your homework, the efforts can help to find the Sacramento Condo Repair Contractor best suited for you.

 

 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Tom- excellent check list for finding a Contractor in Sacramento.  It's not enough to just choose the least expensive or the most expensive for that matter.   Or, better yet, just call Tom Arstingstall!

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Jul 04, 2012 12:43 PM #1
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Dan Mincher
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Excellent list, Tom.  A tip regarding references that I learned from another good contractor was to ask for contact info for their 3 most recent customers.  It gives you a sense of how well they've been doing lately without them picking just the ones they WANT you to talk to.    

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I like your choice Kathy.

Finding that contractor is so important, time needs to be taken in finding the right one.

Happy Fourth!

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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Thanks Dan!

I like the three most recent idea, the dates can be checked to see how busy the contractor has been.

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HI Tom - Very good tips and important info, but the best himt would be:  Just call Tom!

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look no further if you are in the Sacramento area... Tom is the best! :) ..

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I like that hint Susan

Thanks for the recommendation.

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You are very kind Sheila, I appreciate it.

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