Tips on What to Do if Your Contractor Is Inefficient
Choosing the right contractor is a something that will you tired, all ends up, despite of being a vital part of any project. It takes a lot of time and patience to go through several interviews, establish the credibility of the different contractors, and decide the most suitable one for the job. After establishing that the right relationship and starting to work, you expect to get the return on your money through increased efficiency and reduced frustrations. The contractor promised to offer high quality services within your schedule, and you are excited to get what needs to be done, done. Having invested your money and time, the least of your worries is a disappointing contractor. It could be that the working relationship peaked nicely, but now the contractor seems to be making mistakes that should not be allowed. Worse still, your new contractor is unable to get your work done, and you just hired him or her a few days ago. The amount of frustrations arising from this scenario is immeasurable. However, here are tips on what you can do when your contractor is inefficient.
The first step is to give the contractor the benefit of doubt and approach him or her. Talking about your displeasure and restating your expectations may salvage the relationship with your contractor. Alternatively, you could offer open communication channels to understand the reason for the set back that might have led to the inefficiency. Talking about the cause with the contractor will help to get to the solution you seek, and this will get you back the contractor you had. Solving the issue before it gets out of hand is in the interest of both your contractor and you, ass it spares you a lot of frustrations and time as well as money spent in solving the issue with the authorities.
Trying to encourage the contractor could also increase his or her efficiency. This is because the contractor may be turning up late for work because he does not feel inspired by the project. The issues could also be arising due to inability to work with you for any reason. These reasons should be elaborated and their basis established. This will lead to a possible resolution and the contractor may work with better ease after that.
The initial step of ensuring your contractor is not inefficient is to take your time verifying the credentials of the contractor through interviews with the contractor and outside acquaintances. However, the contractor may have exaggerated the credentials if he turns up inefficient. It would help if you were able to go back to the verifying stage and confirm the credentials of the contractor as a way of understanding what could be the problem with the contractor. It would be helpful if you drafted a contract that ensured that the contractor will be obliged to finish the project as expected, and according to the set schedule to e paid the full amount. This may safe guard your money in case you choose to terminate the services of the contractor.
Establishing a strong working relationship with the contractor may enhance the issue at hand. This may involve establishing boundaries and ensuring mutual respect is offered and received. If you do not respect the contractor, he may feel demoralized and this will affect his efficiency. On the other hand, if the contractor does not respect you, he will not feel the need to stick to his end of the contract. In either case, the inefficiency has an underlying cause that must be addressed before the contractor can work efficiently. This will be achieved through clear communication of expectations as well as the roles of each player. This will ensure each person sticks to the activities outlined in the contract under a respectable agreement.
If you have tried to handle the problem but it persists, you could take steps to solve the issues with other authorities. This will involve documenting all communications and each feedback, or lack thereof, so that you will use it to argue the case later on. You could also try to seek advice from various experts and consultants in the field to understand your options and limitations.
During this period, refrain from committing yourself to paying the due amount, wither verbally or orally, and male it clear to the contractor that you expect to pay for the services agreed upon according to the contract.
The last decision, which should be made carefully and cautiously, is to fire the contractor. This is a tricky situation since the contract that you entered may have stipulated a certain understanding that may make it hard for you to leave unscathed. Acquiring a lawyer may be necessary to understand your limits when firing the contractor. Reporting the contractor to higher authority such as associations for homebuilders can offer you the help you need in dealing with the inefficient contractor.
Moreover, approaching the concerned licensing authorities may help solve the issue at hand. Whatever you choose to do, ensure you do not pay the agreed amount before you are satisfied with the contractor’s work. This is especially necessary in situations involving gross misconduct, or breach of contract as per the initial agreement. This decision should be taken if it is necessary as it may end up costing you time and money, as well as increasing your frustrations.
In brief, each individual hopes to get the best contractor that will deliver the dream design, work within the schedule, and cooperate along the way. However, this ideal situation does not always happen, and sometimes, the contractors end up being inefficient and frustrating the owners. Dealing with such contractors may be delicate, necessitating the owner to tread softly to ensure the project is done, or that he gets back his money if the contractor is unable to deliver the promised services. The tips shared in here are not exhaustive, and they are intended as a guideline for all the owners that feel they got into a raw deal and do not know how to handle the situation.