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It’s not hard to find someone with a terrible home improvement contractor story. Someone comes into your home to do a job, takes way too long, charges way too much, and problems pop up a week after they leave. In fact, I have a few personal horror stories myself.
This is a nightmare situation you want to avoid. Take a look at the following four tips for hiring a home improvement contractor that won’t scam you.
Get Quotes From Multiple Contractors
You should never hire a contractor without getting multiple quotes for your job. Make sure to get written bids from at least three contractors and compare each line item on the bids against each other. This will help you learn who is charging too much and who is leaving things out.
However, don’t always choose the contractor with the lowest bid. Choose the bid that seems the most logical and fair. You’re better off paying a little more for quality than skimping on material and labor costs just to save a few bucks.
Check Reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List
One of the best ways to avoid bad contractors is to ask friends and family for referrals. They won’t recommend someone who will do a bad job. When this isn’t possible, Yelp and Angie’s List can give you valuable information on the quality and workmanship of a contractor.
People often leave online reviews, especially if they are unsatisfied with the work they have received. If you see too many bad online reviews, use a different contractor. It’s also a red flag if you can’t find any online reviews for a contractor.
Ask for References and to See a Portfolio
Employers check references before hiring someone, and you should do the same. If a home improvement contractor cannot produce a reference list, it’s better to move on to a different contractor. You should also ask to see a portfolio of the contractor’s work. This will help you see what the contractor can do.
A small portfolio should also set off a red flag. Experienced contractors who know what they’re doing should have tons of previous projects to show off their work.
Check the Contractor’s Status With the BBB
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) investigates contractors who get reported for bad business. If anything seems off, the BBB lowers the contractor’s score. Part of your due diligence should be to check a contractor’s status with the BBB.
You should never do business with a home improvement contractor who frequently gets reported to the BBB. They are most likely trying to scam you out of your money.
Home Improvement Contractor
These are just a few popular contractor scams you’ll want to avoid. Remember to always get everything in writing from your contractor because it’s easy for projects to get out of hand if you don’t have an agreement beforehand.
Also, avoid hiring door-to-door home improvement contractors and make sure to put in the work before making a decision on your contractor. You can have a good experience if you take the time to choose the best home improvement contractor for your situation.