The Saint Louis Rehabbers Club has compiled a list of contractors and resources to assist our members in finding contractors to meet their particular needs. The idea behind the list speaks to the particular experience of the individuals in our group. Each person or company name appears because of personal referrals from participants of our listserv. That being said, this should not be viewed in any way as an endorsement.*
We make no claim that the SLRC Contractors List is comprehensive nor do we guarantee the quality of the services provided.
We intend that anyone visiting this site as well as our listserv members will use it as a resource — sort of a Rehabbers Club “yellow pages,” if you will.
Further, we fully expect that every homeowner will take personal responsibility and conscientiously do their own research when looking to hire a contractor they’ve never worked with before.
This should include:
- contacting the Better Business Bureau;
- checking references thoroughly, a good percentage of them should be within the previous six months;
- asking friends and others for their opinion;
- viewing photos of, and where appropriate and available, actual recent work [within the past 12 months] performed by the contractor
Remember, for those contractors whose trade is seasonal, as the weather gets warmer they will get very busy and during this time, some contractors may not return phone calls. Usually because they just don’t have the time or are simply overwhelmed.This can be a very frustrating situation for a homeowner so we strongly suggest scheduling your contractor of choice as early in the year as you can or as soon as you know your construction timetable.
MAKING PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS
This is a subject we come back to again and again and again so we thought we’d address it here very briefly. All expectations regarding deposits and payments should be discussed with the preferred contractor before any contracts are signed or any work begins.
A good faith deposit or some monies may be expected at the beginning. This is standard and sometimes expected so that materials can be purchased. It is usually one-quarter to one-third of the total project’s cost. Of course the amount always depends on the size of the project and the scope of work.
One should never, ever, ever, ever, ever – let us say it one more time – never, ever, pay the full amount of a project up front. Any contractor asking for complete payment before work has even begun should be treated with a big ol’ truckload of skepticism. Should this happen, we recommend the homeowner run, not walk, to another contractor no matter the seriousness or immediacy of the project in question. This is a big ol’ red flag that screams — “You’re Going To Be Ripped Off!” Or to say this another way, if you enjoy huge amounts of frustration and throwing money away, then do this.