Ways to Stay Away From Scamming Contractors

Being a home owner is not an easy task as it is a great responsibility to safeguard your property from any damages and most important of all, from the scamming contractor. A good contractor must be able to cover you in every way that would safeguard the interests of your home.

scamming contractorsWith the rise of scamming contractors, always ensure that you choose the right one. This can be a tedious process for many but is essential to safeguard your property from reaching the wrong hands. Some of the points to consider are essential to be remembered by you before you arrive at the best contractor who has a genuine way of working such as:

Check for references

Always ask the contactor for references as it would have the list of people who had a previous tie up with this person and would let you know about the quality of service offered by him. You can have a thorough cross check as a good contractor would be able to provide you with their number and their addresses in the reference list. Always remember, a good contractor would have a long trusty list of testimonials.

Specimen check

You can go and check with any current project which your contractor boasts of working on and also check the work on the sites specified n the testimonials. Proceed with the contractor only if you are fully satisfied with the work.

Decide on the estimate

Always check for the estimates offered by the contractor. It should not be very less below the reasonable rate as his working quality would be reflected in it. Also be wary of the exorbitant rates offered by the contractor as it might be a scam. Choose an estimate that would best fit within your budget and that would make use of good quality of materials.

Too much pressure

Always walk away from a contractor who put a lot of pressure on you by specifying the time limit within which you should sign the deal. This might be because they might want you to catch the hook immediately without giving you enough time to think about it.

Unavailability of a contact address

When you see the advertisement about the contractor and wish to have a personal meeting with him, he should be able to provide you with a address of his office for further proceedings but if he offers you to contact him through the phone or post box number, proceed to select the next one on the list.

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4 Comments
  1. I’ve already had a nightmare situation with two contractors in a three year span, so I’m here like everyone else, trying to find out how to avoid scamming contractors. The truth is there are very few honest contractors out there and that’s the sad truth. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have be taken advantage of by all of them. Don’t depend on luck to avoid scamming contractors and do your due diligence to follow advises, such as the ones listed here. I for one will never put myself in a situation again, where I have to give up on thousands of dollars because of scamming contractors.

    • Hi Maggie, I’m sorry to hear your troubles. Sites like Angies List.com are also a great resource to finding a good contractor. My mom lost about $7,000 on a bathroom remodel because she decided to “help” a friend of a friend. After buying materials and paying 75% of his fee he did half the project and stopped showing up. We had to have someone else come in and fix it and of course they found problems with the way the tile had been laid, etc. So we ended up having to buy materials twice or risk having a half done bathroom. 🙁 ALWAYS LOOK FOR LICENSED AND BONDED CONTRACTORS !!! No matter how many years they have been in the industry!

      Take Care
      Mel

  2. I regret buying a house so much and one of the reasons is because of the constant maintenance that a home requires. I’m bleeding money left and right thanks to my home. Not only has the value of my house gone down in the last 12 months, but it also needs the bathroom on the second floor fixed and that’s going to cost me at least ten thousand dollars to repair. I get so scared of hiring contractors because of all the nightmare stories about them… Are there any decent contractors out there?

    • @Alex, sorry to hear that. To make sure that the contractor can be trusted, if you’re hiring a company, you can double check if it’s registered in your state’s division of corporations. Or you can ask the contractors’ license number and you can verify them in the Department of Professional Regulation or similar office. If anything happens like they don’t show up, you can file a complaint.

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