When Hiring a Contractor, Look Out for These Red Flags
By: Anne Miller
Big Bear Real Estate News
He bristles at your questions about his work history. He says there’s no reason to solicit other contractor bids. His company demands payment up front, in cash. He tells you this is the way renovations get done.
Maybe you don’t know any different because this is your first major home improvement project.
Contractor red flags can be hard to see, especially if you’ve never hired anyone for a large project on your home. It can be intimidating to quiz an expert on something that’s new to you, and it can take time to properly vet your options.
But with thousands of dollars on the line, you can’t afford not to—home improvement fraud amounted to $1.4 billion in 2012, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
When you’re hiring a contractor, vetting doesn’t have to be laborious as long as you employ some common sense and ask him or her the right questions.
10 Warning Signs of a Bad Contractor
10. You just feel something is off. This person will ultimately have responsibility for a significant portion of your home and your life. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason, it’s better to walk away before money changes hands.