The journey of finding the perfect contractor for your project can be challenging, especially when you want one who is willing to work with products that they are unfamiliar with – like AFM Safecoat’s line of nontoxic, low VOC paints and building products – but it is not impossible.
Here are some tips when working with contractors that can make your experience run as smooth as possible.
Do Your Research
Most contractors are not interested using products they can’t find at their favorite supplier, so it is your job to help them find the products you want used in your home. Your nearest AFM dealer can help you create a list of the right products for your project – just give them a call! Most importantly, try to obtain samples so that you and your contractor can test them out. This will give your contractor a head-start on understanding the nuances of your project.
Get a Signed Contract
You certainly don’t need a lawyer but protecting yourself and the contractor from misunderstandings with an itemized description of the job(s) to be done, timeline to completion and a materials and labor breakdown is necessary. In every case, you will be purchasing the products which can speed the project along. If your candidate won’t sign an agreement, we suggest you look for someone else.
Download one of these free contractor contract templates to help you create a solid foundation with your contractor before the project starts.
Beware of Product Substitutions
You need to hold the line if a contractor wants to or makes an unapproved product substitution. The argument that the substitute is “just as good” or “cheaper” is not acceptable. Your contract should be clear on this subject, which will save both parties from finger-pointing and possible litigation.
Remember that YOU are the Boss
In the world of contracting, it is not unusual for a contractor to attempt to intimidate a client into doing something they don’t want to do. Remember who is paying the bills and that there is a signed contract in place.
With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to finding a contractor who understands your desire to use safer, healthier products in your home and getting the job done right the first time!