Ways to Smell a Contractor’s Scam

Every home requires periodic maintenance and repairs. With one’s busy fraud, scam, theftwork schedules and personal lives the DIY method is not always practicable. From a small leak in the water pipes to major overhauling, you tend to rely more and more on house maintenance contractors. Do you go through the classifieds and dial the first number that appears under the category of home contractors? Is it a case of desperate situations needing desperate measures?

Wisdom of asking relatives and friends

The easiest way to get a good deal is by asking your relatives and friends. They will give you a reliable feedback on any work done in the past and steer you away from possible con artists. You can then shortlist the ones who have a reputation of honesty, quality work, and neither undue speed nor delays.

When you move to a new city

Here’s a scenario: You have just got a job in new city. You purchased a house because it was a superb bargain. It just requires a few repairs to make it your haven. Not having relatives or friends in this city, how do you go about getting the best deal? Here are some stock phrases that contractor’s use that will show you the red flag:

Stock Phrase # 1: I always take money upfront

Agreed, raw materials do cost money and some advance may have to be paid. But full payment upfront is a big no-no. An old firm that has a long standing in the real estate world is your best bet. Their representative will survey the job thoroughly and give you an estimate in writing specifying how much advance needs to be paid.

Stock Phrase # 2: I never disclose the names of my previous clients.

Can one really believe this statement? The credibility of a business increases more by word-of-mouth than aggressive advertising. A contractor who knows he is good will always be willing to give a few referrals. He is confident that his existing customers are happy with his work.

Stock Phrase # 3: Material costs are rising so you have to decide soon.

This contractor is using pressure tactics to get a deal which is not an ethical business practice. Scaring a prospective customer into a commitment is a bad scene. He is probably worried someone might talk about his previous slipshod jobs before you have signed on the dotted line. Such a contractor is best avoided.

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Elizabeth Roberts

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2 Comments
  1. Is it just me or are the contractors mostly scam artists? I’ve been fooled and scammed by contractors 3 times already and I’m getting sick and tired of them. The only sure thing is if I could get referred to one from a friend or a relative, the people that I can trust. Other than that they’re untrustworthy. They’ll take 50 to 75 percent upfront and not finish the work. They’ll do part of the work and they’ll say they need to add other costs in the middle of the job. I mean I saw everything. To think that I need to hire another one…

  2. I think what you need to do is to ask him to sign a contract. If the contractor will not finish the project, then you can sue him.

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