Tip #18 Dealing with Contractors to Prepare your house to sale
A power tip that I would like to pass along now is:
Dealing with contractors to help you prepare your house to sell. .
Brace yourself. .
You are in for a ride
Contractors are just like any industry .they have good ones. and real bad ones. .
The bad ones are like pit bulls and you may end up being a succulent steak!
Having listed hundreds of properties and owned over 50 rental units the last 20 years, I learned how to negotiate with repairman and assure myself that they are NOT over-charging me.
This is my tip for you today. .
HOW TO AVOID BEING RIPPED OFF!
This works in all cases. .
Is only a phrase I advice you to say. .
But you must say it at the right time, and it could save you hundreds, or thousands of dollars!
Your timing has to be perfect and delivered just like a punch line from a professional comedian. . .to early on and you will get gouged. .too late in delivering it and you already got gouged!
Is simple and to the point:
"Is that your final and best price?"
You must say this at the instant you receive their estimate
And don't say another word. .count to five slowly or
Let them speak once. .and then say.
Thank you for your time and I promise to let you know of my decision after I receive the 'OTHER" bids. .please let me know if you want to make some adjustments to your estimate. .
Don't ever make it appear, that you are only calling one repairman.
Get multiple bids whenever it's practical. . .Make sure they know they are competing with someone else.
Don't act like a friend or a distant relative. .be polite and leave it at that.Check them out. .
Don't just hire them by appearances or price
Check them out or risk consequences beyond a shoddy job!
Technology has made this process easier for all of us. Check business licences and insurance so you know who is reliable and trustworthy by their high standards. . . and see their Internet presence . .in some cases you may be able to see testimonials
Ask for their references and call all of them!
Together with my tip. .it will give you the confidence to hire someone that does what they say and does it well!
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