Seeing the hell-on-earth that "House Amuck" has been going through and taking in your advice given so far in this thread (e.g., yours "jogr" thanks!
), I am wondering how we can effect /make sure we:
- a) evaluate and hire a good/well-qualified contractor, and
- b) ensure the kind of working relationship needed to complete a job well done?
Jogr (and others):
- a) Is it "too late" for those contractors/bidders that haven't gone down into the crawl space to look at the joists?
I ask because I'm thinking I can go back to the 3 we are most interersted in and ask them some questions to help me "understand better." And so use that opportunity to evaluate them more fully.
- b) It seems to me to be easy to put words in a contract around abiding by the handbook, but what all will we need to do to know they aren't skimping? We aren't building inspectors so what homeowner/novice steps should/can we take since we aren't home all day when this work will take place?
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Finally, to help in the discussion, here's a quote (with formatting added) that seems to sum it up from House Amuck's thread on their bathroom flooring problems:
Originally Posted by AtlanticWBConst.
I can't tell you how many times I am so dissapointed when I see really poor substandard work. I really feel for the property owners...Bottom line is that there are some people that do this job simply for the money, and then there are some that want to do the best job possible on any given project and look forward to seeing a very happy customer that has a finished .... high quality job.
- We are constantly on the look out for better materials and better methods. We want all our work to be done expertly, a notch better than the best.
- We feel our customers have put their trust in us, and they deserve the best. Our goal is to deliver it .... no matter what.
- We only hire subcontractors who have the same ethics as we do. There are many contractors out there that feel the same way.
And, here's a link to that thread