There is much more than just money on the line when you hire someone else to work on your house. You need to be fully certain that you will be able to produce the best job and results. This entails upholding a strict level of professionalism, which calls for acting in a certain way.
The absence of a license
Ask to see documentation of a contractor’s license and insurance before engaging them for any type of work, whether it be on your house or something else. In the event of unanticipated events like accidents or damage, having the appropriate license and insurance will protect both you and the contractor. A professional’s credentials can also be determined by showing evidence of their insurance and license.
Make No Exceptions
Get out of the arrangement as soon as you can if a potential contractor ever offers justification for not having or displaying proof of certification. There are a number of red flags to be found in these excuses, so don’t let yourself become a victim of a home improvement scam.
Here are some potential justifications to be wary of:
- There is no requirement for a license for this type of work.
- “I forgot my license at the workplace, at home, or somewhere else.”
- “My insurance information and license were destroyed.”
- “Since I don’t have a license, I can give you a better deal.”
- You may feel like a hard person sticking to these rules, but you’ll be glad you did.
Wheeling and dealing
You might also receive offers of every description from a possible home improvement con artist. He or she might, for instance, offer you a fantastic rate just because they have supplies left over from a prior project or because they “know a person.”
Such a person could also come across as a little pushy when it comes to accepting your business, or they might want you to make a decision right away rather than giving you a chance to consider your options. Consider the previous example of making transactions based on a lack of qualifications.
Such a person could also come across as a little pushy when it comes to accepting your business, or they might want you to make a decision right away rather than giving you a chance to consider your options. Consider the previous example of making transactions based on a lack of qualifications.Anyone who demands upfront financial payments should be avoided. It is customary to make a deposit, which should only be done by check. However, it is not customary to pay the entire fee in cash at once. This is really dubious behavior from a legitimate contractor.
There are a few more warning signs to look out for when selecting a possible contractor for your home renovation job, in addition to keeping an eye out for dubious conduct and believing your gut if you don’t like someone.
Don't trust anyone that:
- It offers pricing way below the competition.
- refers you to a friend or “partner” for financing.
- requests that you be responsible for permits, etc.
- offers too good to be true warranties or pricing.
- does not have a professional listing in directories, including phone number and address.
- comes to you for a job rather than being sought out.
Don't trust anyone that:
- Do your research.
- Always request the license and insurance information, and follow up to confirm that everything is legitimate.
- Ask for references and follow up with them as well.
- Insist upon detailed contracts.
Spend less money and time on a home improvement scam. This kind of situation could cost you thousands of dollars, give you a major headache, or even worse. Be on the lookout for all of these things, and if you have any reason to be wary of a possible contractor, go with your instinct. There are con artists almost everywhere; avoid falling for one of their tricks.