I’m an experienced builder who owns a lot of tools, so I can handle most residential remodeling and maintenance chores. But like all builders and homeowners, I can’t do everything—so sometimes I have to hire a contractor.
Articles in Fine Homebuilding, the Journal of Light Construction, and Green Building Advisor often provide business advice to contractors. You’ve probably read some of these articles—the ones with advice on attending educational workshops, returning phone calls promptly, keeping good records, and developing consistent office systems. Homeowners who read these articles often develop a mental image of the Perfect Contractor—someone who has read and absorbed the lessons in these advice columns.
This contractor must be out there somewhere, right? From the viewpoint of a homeowner, the Perfect Contractor is someone who: