Whether you are looking to address a significant maintenance issue with your property or would like to renovate your home or investment property, you need the help of a good contractor. However, it’s no secret that finding good contractors and working with them can be quite challenging in Macau. If you start working with the wrong contractor, it can be extremely costly in terms of both time and effort. Here are some quick tips to help:
- Referrals, referrals, referrals
Before pulling out the local newspaper and calling the first number for a contract that you see on there, ask around for good contractor recommendations. If somebody has had a good experience with a contractor, they are normally more than happy to recommend them to their friends and family. Bonus tip: If you can, ask a friend who works at an engineering or construction related position for one of the big casino projects. There are lots of great contractors who almost exclusively take sub-contracting jobs from casinos, but will sometimes take “friends-only” jobs by request.
- The rule of 3
If you are planning on conducting a bigger scale work at your property, always get at least 3 quotes from separate contractors and compare them side-by-side. If possible, ask the contractors to itemise the quote into as much detail as possible. This ensures that the costing is transparent and accountable. Plus, the extra effort the contractor puts in to break it down to details shows who is keener for the job.
- Align expectations
Most frictions that occur between people arise from mismatched expectations. When hiring a contractor, it is important to make sure that everybody is on the same page. In some other countries, it is common for contractors to sign a legal contract outlining the work and the terms, but this is not very commonly done in Macau. However, you can still sit down to agree on clear performance timelines and payment milestones.
- Make a friend
Contractors work very hard to fix their client’s properties and make them beautiful. A simple word of genuine appreciation or a gesture such as bringing them some refreshments during a hot summer day’s work can build a real human relationship and pay unexpected dividends.