Almost everyone I know has been scammed by a contractor at one time of another. Whether it’s the guy who took the money and ran or the company that promised a job done in two weeks that took two months, the reputation of contractors is marred, to say the least.
We’ve had our own share of bad experiences with a guy who promised to show up but rarely did. Each day I waited, setting plans aside, just to have the guy finally return my call at the end of the day saying he couldn’t make it. Reading between the lines, I knew he was working on some bigger, more profitable job thus leaving us in a lurch. As a result, the job took twice as long to finish as promised, and the quality of workmanship was just okay. It was clear the guy didn’t want to be there because he had “bigger fish to fry.”
Through word of mouth, we finally found a couple of honest contractors who proved dependable. Once we found them, we never let them go. Now we call them every time for our home projects and have recommended them to friends and family.
It’s important to do due diligence when finding a contractor who you can trust. You’re letting this person into your home. He will be around your possessions and family. This person is making major changes to your home and will be there day after day. A trusting, fair and honest relationship between contractor and client is key to a successful outcome.
The infographic below provides the ultimate guide to vetting a contractor. It lists things to check, red flags to look out for, and questions to ask. Don’t skimp when researching who to hire. After all, it’s your money and home that’s at risk.
Tips to Find a Trustworthy Contractor
Source: Bryant Surety Bonds