We love building for ourselves, but some jobs just need to be subbed out. Unfortunately, a competent, honest remodeling contractor is no easy find. There are thousands of reliable, trustworthy contractors out there — but there are quite a few toolbox-wielding knuckleheads, too. Here’s what you should keep your eye on:
1. Avoid sleazy or shady tactics.
The first thing to do is make sure you’re not being scammed.
Beware these 10 red flags:
The contractor …
- Provides credentials or references that can’t be verified.
- Offers a special price, but only if you sign a contract today.
- Accepts only cash, requires large deposits or wants the entire cost up front.
- Asks you to write a check in his name (not to the business).
- Won’t provide a written contract or complete bid.
- Refuses to apply for building permits, and asks you to get them.
- Offers exceptionally long warranties.
- Proposes to do most or all of the work on weekends and after-hours.
- Gives you a low-ball offer that sounds too good to be true.
- Has “Will work for beer” painted on the side of his trucks.