Tiffiny Alexander
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Get the Best Value When Hiring Home Contractors

by Tiffiny Alexander 02/23/2020

If you've ever experienced the frustration of paying more than necessary for home repairs, remodeling, or upgrades, you're not alone! Most of us have done it at one time or another, and it's not a pleasant feeling!

The good news is that if you make up your mind to do a little research, ask questions, request a free quote, and get two or three estimates, then you probably won't have to repeat the same mistake. Unless it's a dire emergency, it's always better to take your time in choosing a contractor or repair technician for a home project.

While it may be a little more time consuming to get recommendations, compare prices, and talk to several contractors, it's well worth it -- both in terms of monetary savings and peace of mind. Since the typical homeowner incurs many expenses, every year, to maintain their plumbing, electricity, roof, floors, HVAC system, landscaping, appliances, and much more, the amount of money you can save from comparing estimates and researching contractors can really add up!

The ideal scenario for hiring a home contractor is to get a recommendation from a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor. That doesn't necessarily guarantee that you'll be getting the best value for your dollar, but it's a darn good starting point! Online reviews of contractors can also be helpful, but sometimes they lack the detail and credibility that's essential to a meaningful recommendation. No review is complete unless it says whether the customer would hire the contractor again and if they (the customer) would recommend them to family and friends.

Since no one's perfect, it's also helpful to know what the contractor could have done better. A lot of times people will say something like, "I was satisfied with the end result, but the project took a lot longer than expected and the contractor always showed up late." Asking questions, comparing prices, and asking for references are among the ways to increase the likelihood that you'll be satisfied with the contractor you choose and the quality of work they provide.

Depending on the scope of the project and its estimated cost, you may also want to check whether the contractors you're considering are accredited with the Better Business Bureau and if anyone has filed a complaint against them. Being accredited does not mean that the BBB endorses the business, but it does indicate that the business does meet certain standards and that they have agreed to make a good faith effort to resolve consumer complaints. In order to be accredited by the BBB, businesses need to submit an application, meet accreditation standards, and pay a fee. To keep their designation, they must maintain at least a "B" rating with the Bureau and continue to comply with its standards of professionalism, honesty, and customer responsiveness.

About the Author
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Tiffiny Alexander

 

Tiffiny Alexander is an award-winning broker in both California and Arizona. She’s a wine country native, bringing more than two decades of market knowledge and industry experience to those she serves. The hallmark of her business acumen is marked by her blue-collar-work-ethic roots coupled with a cornerstone concept of always being able to put her name to her work. Tiffiny has handled an array of residential, land, and commercial real estate requisites. She is an International Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, leveraging a global reach of industry relationships to better serve her clients. She enjoys the opportunity to work and play in both The Valley of the Moon (her Northern California headquarters), as well as The Valley of the Sun (her Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona office). She’s mastered the art of connecting her clients with the American Dream of building wealth through real estate; be that primary residence, destination get-away, or cash flow investment opportunities. 

 

Tiffiny is passionate about the outdoors, art, and the architecture found in abundance throughout the Sonoran Desert as well as the wine country of Northern California. Where can she be found when not immersed in all things real estate?  Hiking or running the local trails, teaching art in the Rincon Valley School District and introducing new local artists to the community at Fulton Crossing Gallery in Santa Rosa, California. Tiffiny grew up on a ranch in Northern California well stocked with farm animals, fresh eggs, and produce, She’s a farm-to-table foodie, whether its fine dining or family-style. And while she enjoys the luxuries of a five-star resort, she’s just as happy backpacking some of the amazing places thoughtfully preserved for the nature-lover in her. 

 

Tiffiny is the founder of Cannabis Land Brokers, the flagship real estate group dedicated to helping cultivators and distributors buy, sell, and lease cannabis zoned real estate. She is committed to legal, responsible, and sustainable business practices for the industry. She works locally and nationally to connect and inform owners and growers through her work with The National Cannabis Industry Association.  

 

"Everything comes from the land. All of our stories start with some small patch of it. The soil feeds us. The earth grounds us. Vistas inspire us. Our truest sense of progress points back to our stewardship of the land.” - Tiffiny Alexander