5 Tips to Avoid All-to-Common Contractor Scams

5 Tips to Avoid All-to-Common Contractor Scams

Have you been burned by contractors in the past? Or know someone who’s had a horrible experience? You’re not alone. 50% of homeowners are unhappy with the contractor they hired.

We see it every day.
People who hire family or friends. People who hire kitchen or bathroom contractors to install premium exterior products. People who get “told” they are getting apples to apples comparisons, but do not get it in writing. The list goes on and on.

It is extremely difficult for homeowners to know what sorts of questions to ask when doing a remodeling project, especially when the majority of their life purchases are more so retail based.

Luckily, with the help of a third party excellence training company Certified Contractor Network, we can give you some top questions to vet all contractors involved in your future remodeling projects.

1. Get multiple estimates & everything in writing:
Look at building materials, work methods, timelines and other factors that may vary by contractor. Be cautious of estimates that are too high or too low.

2. Hire local, licensed contractors (whenever possible):
Premium materials often require certified contractors to establish warranty. Be suspicious of anyone who goes door-to-door or refuses to leave a contract overnight.

3. Check their past work:
How has their worked turned out in the past? Do they specialize in the kind of work you want done? Check references about the quality of their products, their workmanship and their customer service. Drive by past work and look for proper execution of craftsmanship.

4. Take your time making a sound decision:
Don’t be pressured into making an immediate decision, particularly with regard to signing a contract.

5. Check their insurance:
Ask the contractor for a certificate of insurance (COI), which should provide the name of the insurance company, policy number and policy limits the contractor carries. Do not do business with a contractor who does not carry the appropriate insurance coverage. If the contractor is not insured, you may be liable for accidents that occur on your property.

Now is an ideal time to get on the schedule and invest in your exterior project by contacting us at Professional Building Services .

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