The 5 Biggest Mistakes General Contractors Make During Remodels

Laura Hernandez

Laura Hernandez

October 10, 2019

Bamboo was built from necessity and the realization that things in the remodeling industry were not improving any time soon. Unfortunately, most work in the remodeling industry is done by people who are not well known for their organizational skillsets. This is where we come in, Bamboo was built to make remodeling a more organized and streamlined process. I would be scared of trusting a stranger with my home too, especially if they were taking it apart, I want to know they can put it back together again!

Here are the 5 biggest mistakes we have seen other contractors make when working on clients' projects. Learn about them so you can avoid them in the future or, just work with Bamboo!

1. Not Ordering the Right or Enough Materials

This is a very simple mistake that comes from a lack of attention to detail but can delay a project up to several weeks depending on the materials. The other thing that can go wrong here is if enough isn't ordered, and then a dye lot runs out, it becomes impossible to get the same material to match what was already installed. This becomes a gigantic headache for everyone and can really be a money and time drainer. At Bamboo, We have several sets of eyes look at each project order, along with using our technology and laser measurements to ensure accuracy. We do all of this to get the project done on schedule and with the right materials, the first time around.

2. Hiring Sketchy Subcontractors

Generally, big contractors are always looking for good labor, but since it is hard to find and they are probably running around doing a million other things, they sort of go with whomever they can find. Sometimes you will get a good reliable tile sub-contractor that they've been working with for years, sometimes it could be someone they found on the internet quickly because everyone else schedule was full. You really never can know when your project is the guinea pig for a new sub, or where that sub came from in the first place.

At Bamboo, we background check and interview all of our subcontractors. We get a full idea of their skillsets, experience, and portfolios before we even consider them for a project. We have a large network of Pros which means we will never hire a random person to work on your project. We also use a review system in our app which makes for a better experience for you and motivates our employees to always do their best work!

3. Overcharging/ Bidding Incorrectly

This we see happen more often than not. Any bid that you receive from a contractor, plan on adding anywhere from %10 to %20 to for "unexpected costs" that will undoubtedly come up. For some reason, bidding can be a difficult thing for some contractors to do, mostly because they use a lot of head math and estimates rather than well calculated and measured numbers. Most general contractors can give you a pretty good ball-park estimate for the low-end of your project, but as soon as you begin, the price will also begin to increase.

At Bamboo, we give our clients a free project estimate and go on to do a line by line item bid that shows exactly where your money will be spent, and on which items. You will even know exactly how much we are making. We use only the latest data and information to give you an accurate bid and don't charge you any markups on materials, so you know you're getting a fair price. To read more about how we charge our clients, you can read our article about it here.

4. Losing/Forgetting about Important Details

This point links with the one from above. Not only are general contractors typically casual with their estimating, but also with the scope of work they promise you. We have seen big details get left out of projects because they were overlooked or forgotten. Usually, when something mentioned in conversation is promised, it is not guaranteed. This can happen in SO many different areas of a remodel too since they are very detail-heavy projects. Imagine asking for all of your doors to be changed, and they say, "yes yes of course" and then completely forget or order the wrong doors, etc. It happens more often than you or I would like to think.

This point links with the one from above. Not only are general contractors typically casual with their estimating, but also with the scope of work they promise you. We have seen big details get left out of projects because they were overlooked or forgotten. Usually, when something mentioned in conversation is promised, it is not guaranteed. This can happen in SO many different areas of a remodel too since they are very detail-heavy projects. Imagine asking for all of your doors to be changed, and they say, "yes yes of course" and then completely forget or order the wrong doors, etc. It happens more often than you or I would like to think.

5. Not Getting Measurements Correct

This also correlates with and affects the first point we made but can be disastrous in other parts of your remodel as well. In bathrooms especially it is important to measure everything down to the 1/16th inch. Building codes and shower glass leave no room for error. Kitchen cabinets and appliances are also an important thing to double and triple check and we have heard of them being overlooked entirely which causes delays, disasters and money.

b. At Bamboo, we have professional designers ensure the things we order will fit together seamlessly into your space, we also make sure we order appliances first or have proper measurements before ordering any cabinetry or other fixed furniture. Our 3D scanning technology helps us put your entire remodel together virtually before we ever demolish a thing and is extremely accurate. We want to get it right, the first time around.

Using Bamboo, you will experience a much simpler, straightforward process. We are efficient and reliable, always making sure your project is in good hands. We built our company around fixing the issues that customers face with normal general contractors so everything we do is to avoid mistakes like these from happening. We understand that having your home torn apart can be very stressful, but it shouldn't have to be. It should be an exciting time where you can trust every step of the process as you watch your 3D visualizations come to life before your eyes. We strive for an accurate, timely remodel, every time.

Give us a call today (512) 542-9790 to work with the most reliable contractor in Austin, today.

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