Month: September 2018

Right Size Contractor

Choosing The Right Size Contractor

Right Size Contractor

Is there really a difference between Small & Big Residential Contractors? Outside of the obvious answer of yes! (Based simply on size) There can be several Pro’s & Con’s to each size that many homeowners may not be aware of.

5 Benefits /

Here are 5 Benefits or “Pros” to Large and Small Contractors while there are many more this is just a sampling. Please feel free to leave comments below with your pros and cons suggestions!

Large Contractor Pros:

  1. Large Contractors tend typically have a large staff or team that is capable of handling your calls, questions & Most importantly concerns.
  2. Complaints are generally handled faster
  3. Large contractors tend to have a greater range of products and/or services to offer however not always.
  4. Large contractors normally have been in business longer than small contractors (Being in business a long time and not having growth could be a sign of a un-healthy business / contractors) Having a longer work history also lets you see more reviews of the contractor and their work. See our other post Top 7 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A New A/C System
  5. A larger contractor has a greater chance of staying in business to service or maintenance your project if needed (This is not a automatic rule however because if a large contractor changes things or raises prices too drastically they may find themselves quickly reducing in size or going under!)

Small Contractor Pros

  1. Small Contractors tend to be more competitive with pricing. They just do not have the overhead that large contractors have however there is a fine line between quality and price.
  2. Small Contractors are normally referred more by family and friends.
  3. Small Contractors are normally willing to bend more when it comes to negotiating or changes to the project.
  4. Small Contractors are highly dependent on your project success, one failure here could really hurt this company vs. a large contractor not caring as much.  This could give you an advantage
  5. Small contractors tend to be more personable when communicating with them. (Not always the case however there is a more “I’m your friend” attitude vs the “You’re interrupting our Money Making Machine” attitude you get from large companies that think you are there to serve them!

5 Concerns

Here are 5 concerns or “Cons” to Large and Small Contractors while there are many more this is just a sampling. Please feel free to leave comments below with your pros and cons suggestions!

Large Contractor Cons

  1. Large Contractors Tend to be A lot more expensive and unless they are giving you completely different equipment or products they are not offering more value, just higher prices to help with the expensive budget!
  2. Large Contractors tend to have a loss of “Culture” where many are improving in this area it’s easy to get lost as a customer with these companies, you’re just a number!
  3. Larger Contractors Tend to put more pressure on their sales teams to “Close” or “Pressure” customers to buy because they have to “Feed The Money Machine”  Having a lot of full time staff is a big drain on a budget and demands a lot of New Sales. You normally do not get that kind of pressure from smaller contractors.
  4. Large Contractors can make more errors since they are juggling more jobs and can be more prone to mistakes.
  5. Larger contractors have the money necessary to train their salespeople how to manipulate the conversations and or presentation to overcome your objections and “Close you”  Sales itself is not a bad thing, the world runs on sales however using tactics to get you to buy now without being informed of other proposals is shady!

Small Contractor Cons

  1. Small Contractors may or may not be in business to service or maintenance your project. Even being in business a while if the company is still small after 10+ years in business that may be a sign that they are an unhealthy business!
  2. Small Contractors may have to cut a lot of corners to get you that lower bid price!
  3. Small Contractors Can be shady! Beware of small (or large) contractors that will not pull permits or provide you with their insurance information!
  4. Small contractors typically underbid large contractors, many times this is done by cutting corners on the jobs! FairBids.Com is a great resource to use when evaluating sizes of contractors!
  5. Small Contractors normally don’t have the staff to take care of you and your concerns. At least when they are busier.