October 30, 2014
Many of us have had a run in with a bad contractor – from the contractor that doesn’t show up when they are supposed to, to the contractor that doesn’t deliver what they promise. Unfortunately, bad contractors are out there. To help protect yourself, and your hard-earned money, here are some steps to take before you hire a contractor for your next home improvement project:
- Check in with their past customers. This is easier than it sounds! Simply visit free online resources such as their business listing on Google and the Better Business Bureau to read recent reviews of their work written by consumers just like you. You can also ask the company for a list of referrals.
- Take the time to ask important questions.Treat meetings with potential contractors as interviews – ask them how long they have been in business, obtain their insurance and licensing information, find out what guarantees and warranties come with their work, and ask specific questions about the work you want done in your home.
- Avoid contractors that ask you to make large payments up front. Consider it a red flag when a contractor asks for the majority of their payment up front.
- Upfront pricing is key. Always ask for the full price of your job before you hire a contractor. This will protect you from hidden costs and fees that can add up quickly!
- Sign a contract that clearly describes the details of the job. And always keep a copy for your records.
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