Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Counterfeit Contractors vs the Real Professional

Hello there! Are you enjoying a break from winter? We are! It is looking like Spring really is coming  soon! We and our customers are excited about that. 2016 is going to be an awesome year for remodeling! If you are considering a project, please talk to us soon. Now is the time to begin the process if you want any remodeling completed for Thanksgiving.
Realizing your dream for the perfect kitchen or bath remodel is a multi layered process. These steps typically take more time than you think. It may seem very early to you, yet waiting until summer to get going may be too late. To enjoy your new space of the Holidays, we suggest you start the process now. Does that surprise you? Please remember, each project requires planning, designing, selections, and scheduling. To be fair, we work on a first come first serve basis. Our calendar fills up quickly. 

Now is a great time to reveal my goal for this post! How many times in your life and you heard or said, "You get what you pay for?" We all know our homes may be our biggest portfolio asset. It is
wise to compare contractors referrals, customer reviews, pricing , and reputation. Here at Apple Wood we often hear upsetting stories from homeowners when their plan to save money hiring a less expensive carpenter ends up causing frustration, damage, and loss of value in their home. Ultimately the final cost to them is more than if they had hired a true professional initially. No one plans to make a mistake like that. What can you do to avoid being a victim? For your protection, let me explain what can happen.

Design Build Construction like Apple Wood is the best choice! My last few blogs posts educated you about the different choices homeowners have in selecting a Construction and/or Remodeling professional. I feel responsible to inform you about another potential pitfall poorly informed New Hampshire home owners can fall into. Many homeowners simply do not know important facts that may create expensive and frustrating disappointments. All of us want to find the best result for the lowest investment. We want a fair deal. We depend on who we hire to keep their promise of excellence to us. However, we may neglect performing our due diligence before we sign a contract.
"Trade" or "craftsman" builders and support businesses in construction, rely on employee "build teams".  These employees represent numerous levels of expertise, skill, and experience . Excellent construction and remodeling contractors need to hire, train, and oversee Sub Contractors to complete projects. Economic developments in 2008 created a new paradigm in the building industry. Since that economic downturn, only the best contractors survived to remain in business. Many talented craftsman and carpenters were unable to find work. Some changed their careers, or moved away to greener pastures. The exodus of truly trained and experienced subs and carpenters created a new category of  what I will term, counterfeit contractors. Yes, that is a scary term! Let me explain.
Construction is in many ways an art form. Down through centuries the craft has been passed on primarily by apprenticeship. A young person interested in learning carpentry, electrical, plumbing,
and other specialties needed to build or remodel homes and businesses begins working for an established Construction professional. As they learn the craft, they become experienced, capable, and confident. Some may reach true master levels and be prepared to become the owner / manager of their own Construction Company.    
The 2008 drop in the economy slowed everything down, especially construction. As things began to return to pre 2008 levels the past three to five years, homeowners wanting to update their property found it harder to locate true skilled professionals. For reasons numbered below, less experienced
people found they could legally present themselves as General Contractors or Remodeling Contractors. Sometimes, the result for homeowners wanting to remodel has varied
from being extremely unhappy and frustrated to complete loss of deposits and payments paid when the contracted project was not completed as promised. Typically, through no fault of their own, inexperienced, uninformed homeowners looking for the "best deal"  hire the counterfeit inexperienced contractor. In the long run, any money they "saved" is lost. A true professional correcting the errors made can help. However, now the homeowner has to pay more for the project  than it would have cost the homeowner to hire the best to begin with.     

New Hampshire Facts in Construction/ Building/Contracting :

1. Anyone may attain a business name regardless of industry experience.

2. NH does NOT license Contractors

3. No testing of ability, skill, or knowledge is required to get a business name.

4. No personal or professional referrals from peers or professional organizations are required.

5. NH does NOT legislate insurance requirements for contractors.

6. Anyone who says they are capable to build homes or remodel them may open a

    general contracting company in New Hampshire

7. If you have any issues there is no State of NH governing organization for the construction trade

    to  help you negotiate or get your money back.


We know this is hard to believe. However, it is true. How do you know who to hire?

1. Ask for referrals from numerous people you trust.

2. Visit Showrooms and websites. Call the Contractor, make an appointment. Ask if they will
     give you some past customers referrals.

3. Ask homeowners you know just completed a project what they liked and did not like about their

4. Call your local building inspector for his opinion on who he would hire to work on his home.



Require anyone or any company you consider to provide proof :

1. State of NH Business Registration

2. Proof of Insurance, the policy coverage, value amount, and what it covers



Watch out for anyone that says they are a DBA ( Doing Business As) that permits them to ask you to
write the check to them personally for their professional services! It may mean their business is NOT registered. 

Finally, Apple Wood Kitchen and Bath or Apple Wood Construction will not be the cheapest company. We are competitive, priced fairly and realistically to provide the excellence we strive for in everything we design build. We would love to help you make your home perfect as we have for all of our clientele for years. Our customers love to give us referrals! Just ask! 

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