I’m not the type of contractor who likes to make or hear excuses, but here are some of them that I’ve heard during my career as a general contractor. I hope you enjoyed reading them, because I enjoyed finding them.
1. I didn’t. Some contractors find the need to blame their problems on other people or even their workers.
2. I’ll go right away. How many times have you heard this?
3. Checks in the mail. I don’t even want to talk about this one.
4. I can start your work tomorrow. Until you sign a contract or later that night when the contractor tells you something different.
5. I am licensed and insured, when in fact they are not.
6. I have more than 25 years of experience, they just don’t tell you what they have 25 years of experience in.
7. My partner has a contractor’s license. This one doesn’t work very well with smart people.
8. I was stopped by a police officer this morning. Ask them to show you the ticket, this usually confuses them.
9. The lumberyard spoiled my order. If the lumberyard or the contractor made a mistake, you may never know.
10. Of course I have testimonials. They will have to go home because they cannot remember their friends or the phone numbers or addresses of their relatives.
11. My contractor license will soon be reinstated. I love this one, it doesn’t matter if they’re telling the truth or not, it doesn’t sound right.
12. What time did I say I was going to be there? Some contractors confused the Eastern, Pacific, and Standard time zones. Find out what time zone your contractors set their clocks in and keep them there.
13. The building inspector does not know what he is doing. Often times, the contractor is the expert and not the city building department.
14. We can use something else. Contractors often choose to replace items specified by engineers and architects, because they know better and have more experience.
15. Who ordered the wrong windows? Errors like these are rarely the fault of the contractor.
16. The donut shop did not open on time. If this becomes a common problem with your contractor, find out what kind of donuts he likes and your problem will be solved.
17. We had to sit in traffic this morning. You can always suggest that your contractor leave your home or office a little earlier next time.
18. Don’t worry about it, we don’t need it anyway. Usually they refer to important structural hardware that is actually important, they just forgot to install it.
19. I’ll finish it at the end of the day. Have illusions most of the time, but from time to time they tend to achieve it.
20. Who broke what? If you’re only working with one contractor, it won’t be difficult to figure out who broke your dishes.
21. My all time favorite and last but not least. I never said that. This is my latest favorite and I don’t know how many times I’ve heard it from other contractors and even some homeowners.
I hope you had fun reading these 21 Lame Excuses Contractors Tell Homeowners.