This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms and part of a sub-series on how to evaluate and select your contractor. For either of the lead posts, please select one of the links in the prior sentence.
This post is about the importance of selecting a contractor who is willing to reveal what was previously hidden damage.
I know this may sound weird, but not all contractors do this in all situations.
The Solera Group provides expert bathroom remodeling services in the greater San Jose metro area.
Why? Because of the need for every job to generate sufficient gross profit.
The amount of money the contractor has at the end of your job is what you paid them, minus their direct costs for materials, direct labor, and sub-contractors.
When a contractor bids the job low in order to get it and has very little gross profit in the job, and they know that your primary requirement is keeping the cost down, it sometimes happens that your contractor will not bring some hidden damage to your attention.
I would certainly hope that anything similar to what is shown in the picture would be, but what if the wood rot or prior termite damage seem minor? Do they show you and discuss with you the need for a change order (which is additional expense) or do they know this topic will be painful for you so they avoid it completely?
It’s imperative you work with a contractor who will show you hidden damage (once it’s no longer hidden of course) as soon as they learn of it. Part of making that work is talking about this with your contractor before the job starts, and establishing a protocol for them bringing it to your attention.
In this day and age of smart phones and text messages, it’s really easy for someone to take a few pictures and send them to you right away.
One of the worst things that can happen is 3 years after your remodel is completed, damage is found that requires some of it to be tore up and redone. It’s a classic case of spending dollars in the course of saving dimes.
Don’t let this happen to you.
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