If you are needing a project completed and you are searching for a contractor, you want to make sure you choose the right one for the job. After all, the success of the job depends on the contractor. Plus, we have all heard those horror stories about the contractor doing shoddy work and the building or structure collapsing or they just quit halfway through, take the money and leave the customer with an unfinished project. Here are a few tips for spotting a bad contractor, so you can avoid the cost and the headache that accompanies such problems.
- Ask the contractor to see examples of their work. Yes, everyone needs to start somewhere. Giving a new contractor a job might be beneficial because sometimes the newer contractors must prove themselves to establish a business, so they bring along innovation, creativity, and dedication. But there is a big difference in little work history because you are new on the scene and having no work history. Even if they are just starting off their own business as an independent contractor, they have done some work. If there are a limited work history and no portfolio, ask for references from the past companies or contractors they worked with.
- Licensing, registration, and insurance. We have heard this one time and time again, but it is important. While the laws regarding contractor licensing vary from one state to another and different cities have different laws, any legitimate contractor should have all the proper credentialing to work legally in their area. Make sure that the individual also has the proper liability and workers’ compensation coverage to protect your project.
- Check for experience relevant to your specific project needs. If you need a kitchen remodeled, then you want a contractor experienced in kitchen projects. If a contractor is highly skilled in basement remodels but has not done a kitchen remodel, then this person might not be your best choice for your specific project.
- While at one time or another everyone has shown up late or had to cancel an appointment, a contractor requesting to reschedule an initial consultation isn’t grounds for immediate disqualification. But, if the contractor repeatedly shows up late, cancels appointments with little warnings, or is a no-show for appointments, then you should just mark them off your list of possibilities.
- Unique tools and equipment are necessary for any home improvement or remodeling project. When you talk with a contractor, give them an in-depth description of what you need to be done and be straightforward when you ask if they have all the tools, they need to take care of the job. If they don’t seem to have the right equipment, then move farther down the list of options.
- Professional contractors understand that homeowners will do their research and make sure they choose the right team for the job. If the person uses scare tactics or a high-pressure approach to try to get the job, avoid them!
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