You hear endless stories about construction projects being delayed for weeks, months, and some for years…

For those who don’t work in construction, you may not know the extent of how many moving parts there are on a renovation. Even the smallest change and/or delay can throw your entire schedule off balance and into chaos. These delays mean the potential loss of contractors, more money spent, loss of time (personal and scheduling wise), loss of profit, and for people in the industry, unhappy clients. 

In this blog, I’m going to share some tangible advice on managing a scenario where your contractor walks-off the job site mid-project… because well, unfortunately,  I’ve experienced this enough myself.

A few months ago I wrote a blog discussing the steps to take prior to hiring a contractor. Don’t fret! I still believe in what I wrote. All the efforts you made beforehand in finding your contractors will be very handy! Now you’ve got a list of contractors to call that you’ve already prescreened so you will hopefully be able to book one of them with very little delay on your project timeline, maybe no delay whatsoever!

Honestly, you can be very prepared and feel confident about your workers and still have a bad experience. I won’t lie to you about that. The ultimate goal of doing some research and asking the right questions at the beginning we hope mitigates the risk and damages. 

During your renovation project, your schedule is forever evolving and will often be consistently changing. Some delays are controlled (i.e waiting for material to arrive) and others are uncontrolled (i.e loss of contractors). However, the way to manage those delays is similar. 

A few weeks ago, we had some unexpected delays due to setbacks we could have never predicted.

And… guess what?!

We lost our contractors.

Let me paint you a picture…

We were mid-project.

They were doing the bulk of the work such as the framing, drywall, floor installation, and kitchen assembly. 

Losing them meant we had to find contractors for all of the above… 

Do you feel stressed? Yeah, most people would be!. But, not us… 

Check out my tips below to see how we were able to have our contractors quit on a Tuesday and have contractors on-site the next day to continue the work. 

Before I get into them I want to say this… DO NOT  focus your energy on being upset. Take action right away. Every minute you sit in anger and pity means you are losing time.

Let’s begin… First, take out the list of contractors you spoke with BEFORE the project and CALL them. Why?! 

  1. You know you like them. 
  2. You know they fit your criteria. 
  3. You have built a rapport with them. 

The best outcome is since you have built a relationship by meeting with them, they may be able to squeeze you in. The next best outcome is they may refer you to another professional. 

If you were not successful by reaching out to those contractors. 

Sit down and go through your contacts on your phone.

Maybe a friend or a family member had some renovations done and they may be able to refer someone to you. It never hurts to reach out as the worse outcome is they say no they don’t know anyone. 

Your last resource should be to start your search again on Google and Facebook groups:

  1. Read the reviews on the companies’ and customers’ experiences using them.
  2. Look at the pictures they are sharing on their website and social media platforms.
  3. Check industry Facebook groups to see if they are getting referred to by past clients or have any mentions.

DO NOT HIRE FROM KIJIJI. SERIOUSLY, TRUST ME. 

For those of you who are going through this right now, I’m sorry… I feel you and I hope this helped. For those of you who are reading this and haven’t experienced it, I hope this convinced you to go back to my blog on hiring contractors and following my tips there. 

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Until next time…

Alex Brunette-D’Souza