You’ve heard the horror stories of homeowners shelling out thousands of dollars for projects that end up cracked, or not completed at all. There are many people that try to scam unsuspecting customers because of their lack of observation or research skills. Don’t be a victim, but empower yourself about the construction industry to find a fantastic contractor that takes pride in his work.
Check Licensing and Insurance Before Hiring a Contractor
Every quality contractor has a current license and insurance. Ask for the information, and copy it. Call the local licensing agency and the insurance company. Check that you know the contractor has a current policy, and even the history. If a contractor has been licensed for 10 years, for example, they have been in business long enough to generate great projects for multiple clients.
Take time out of your busy schedule, and talk to friends or family about their contractor experiences. Word-of-mouth is still a powerful thing. One bad experience can tell you that you should move on to other contractor bids. It is even more beneficial to talk to local tradespeople. Roofers and plumbers, for example, know contractors through their daily rounds. Ask your favorite plumber about their suggestions for a contractor. You may find a diamond in the rough with this referral strategy.
Beware of Cash Red Flags
Quality contractors take both cash and credit cards. If you discover that a contractor is asking for cash only, you may need to be cautious. They can be completely legitimate if they ask for cash only, but in percentage increments. For example, you pay 20 […]