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Protect Your Investment: Avoid These Mistakes During the Hiring Process

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Primary Blog/Protect Your Investment: Avoid These Mistakes During the Hiring Process
  • Discover the biggest mistakes real estate investors make when hiring contractors and save yourself from costly delays, subpar workmanship, and legal disputes.
  • Learn why relying solely on price for decision-making can be disastrous and how to make a well-informed choice based on expertise, reputation, and references.
  • Find out the importance of clear communication, written contracts, and onsite reviews to safeguard your investments and ensure successful property rehab projects.

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As real estate investors, our goal is to maximize profit while minimizing risk.

And when it comes to property rehabbing, the contractor you choose to hire can make or break your return on investment.

Unfortunately, many investors fall victim to common mistakes in the hiring process, that inevitably lead to costly delays, subpar workmanship, and even legal battles.

In this blog post, I will shed light on 7 common mistakes real estate investors make.

1. Relying Solely on Price for Decision-Making

While it's understandable that price plays a vital role in the decision-making process, basing your selection solely on the lowest bid can be a disastrous mistake.

You get what you pay for!

Competent and reliable contractors charge a fair price that reflects their expertise and quality of work.

Choose a contractor who provides a detailed estimate, clearly outlining the scope of work and materials required.

Weigh the contractor's expertise, reputation, and references against the price to make a well-informed decision.

2. Neglecting to Verify Credentials and References

Proper due diligence means verifying the contractor's licenses, certifications, and insurance to ensure compliance with local regulations.

It also involves requesting a list of references from past clients and contacting them to inquire about their experiences.

You can gain valuable insights into the contractor's professionalism and quality of work.

3. Lack of Written Contracts

Verbal agreements are not legally binding and can lead to significant disputes down the line.

Always request a written contract stating, at minimum, the scope of work, associated costs, timelines, and payment terms based on completed work.

A well-drafted contract protects both of your interests during the project.

Ensure that all parties involved sign the document before commencing any work.

4. Ignoring Red Flags

Pay attention to warning signs during the hiring process. Avoid contractors who demand upfront payments, aren't adequately insured, or refuse to provide references.

Prioritize contractors who are responsive, demonstrate clear communication skills, and align with your vision for the project.

Trust your instincts and never compromise on professionalism and reliability.

5. Failing to Set Expectations

Effective communication is key to a successful rehab project. Clearly communicate your expectations, timeline, budget, and desired quality of work to potential contractors.

Pay attention to their responsiveness and how well they listen to your needs.

Remember, a contractor who understands and shares your vision is more likely to deliver satisfactory results.

6. Neglecting to Fine-Tune the Scope of Work

Unclear or vague work requirements can lead to misunderstandings, delays, and expensive change orders. Prioritize creating a detailed scope of work that leaves little room for ambiguity.

Review and discuss the scope with potential contractors, ensuring they comprehend your vision and provide accurate estimates based on the provided documentation.

7. Failing to Conduct Onsite Reviews and Inspections

Never solely rely on pictures, online reviews, or recommendations.

Before hiring a contractor, make it a priority to visit their ongoing projects or completed worksites.

Assess the quality of materials used, the level of craftsmanship, and overall project management.

An onsite review allows you to gauge the contractor's professionalism, organization, and compatibility with your project requirements.


Navigating the contractor hiring process can be challenging, but avoiding common mistakes will significantly increase your chances of successful property rehab projects.

By prioritizing due diligence, clear communication, and establishing comprehensive contracts, you can safeguard your investments and avoid costly setbacks.

Remember, hiring the right contractor is an investment in your success as a real estate investor.

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Michael Emanuele

(a.k.a. ""The Real Estate Rehabber")

​Bestselling Author, Real Estate Investor, and Entrepreneur

I want to empower new and seasoned real estate investors alike to navigate the challenges of property rehabbing with confidence.

These resources include essential tips and insights, that every real estate investor can use to excel in the competitive world of property rehabbing.

​Whether your goal is to flip houses, create long-term rentals, or execute the buy-rehab-rent-refinance-repeat strategy, "The Real Estate Rehabber" will educate viewers on how they can plan and manage property rehabs.