It is easy to fall in to false representations of what a home repair contractor’s job entails. Scams are something that every home owner should be aware of when conducting a home repair or improvement of any nature at your home. Many involve unlicensed contractors or simply ones who do not perform the task they are assigned with. Find below some crucial steps that you can take in order to avoid being scammed by any contractors.
Obtaining necessary references
One of the most important steps in establishing if a contractor is reputable and reliable builder is through references from former clients. For example; a client who has had roof repairs would vouch for the contractor’s quality of work and service if the roof remains in good condition without any faults. Any contractor who is reluctant to provide you with references should be refused or investigated further as most reputed contractors would be more than happy to share their good experiences and reviews from clients.
In addition, obtaining any related documentation and credentials regarding how long a certain contractor has been in business is a good sign of great business practice from the contractor, as most fraudulent businesses would not be able to stay in business for long in the same area for too long. Check their websites or any business listings in the local community business directories. You can also simply check to see if there are any complaints registered against a specific contractor if that is available. Furthermore, most roofing contractors or any other form of contractor would have permits and valid licenses to keep them in operation. Make sure to check these credentials.
Forming a contract
At the point of confirmation, it is vital to ensure the contract that is created is written clearly and precisely in include all the relevant information of the project. Most fraudulent contractors use words and phrases in ambiguous or exploitative manners to intentionally mislead their clients. Be wary of such contracts and if anything is unclear, getting professional legal advice is always better than signing a contract that you do not understand or is clear about. Big warning signs of untrustworthy contractors would be if they insist on being paid upfront or by cash for their work; this would be a major red flag that needs to be avoided at all cost. Familiarize yourself with the laws Your knowledge on cancellation of contracts or any disputes will help you understand and make you clear informed decisions. Contract laws differ between jurisdictions thus some insight on local laws will go a long way when hiring a contractor.