Choosing a reputable contractor can be daunting and often stressful but it’s crucial to ensure your renovation goes smoothly. Whether you’re looking to renovate your kitchen, bathroom, basement or something else, it’s important for homeowners to be aware of the telltale warning signs of a bad contractor.
Top Warning Signs:
- Watch out for contractors who drop by unexpectedly and offer a bargain price, claiming they have leftover materials from another job they’re doing in your neighbourhood
- Contractors who don’t have a verified address, or who only use a post office box or an answering service with no listing in the phone book
- Contractors who won’t give you references for similar jobs they have completed
- Contractors who promise heavy discounts but don’t mention the actual specific cost of the job
- Additionally, promises of discounts if you let the contractor use your home as a “demo”
- High-pressure sales tactics that threaten to take back the special price you were quoted
- Contractors who try to alarm you by telling you your home is unsafe unless you sign a contract right away – e.g. “Your house could catch on fire because of the electrical wiring.”
- They do not have insurance that protects you from liability
- They do not have good relationships with subcontractors like electricians, plumbers, framers, etc.
- The contractor doesn’t have a portfolio or work history
- Possession of a licence or other information that you’re unable to verify
- They haven’t been in business for very long and you can’t find a history of the company
- They ask for strange payment arrangements or insist that you pay most of the renovation cost upfront
- The contractor shows up late or continuously cancels appointments without any warning
Another important thing that can be hard to quantify is if you get a bad feeling from them. Trust your personal instinct and ask yourself if you would feel comfortable with this individual being in your home unattended. Even if you hesitate to answer the question, it’s a sure sign that you should look elsewhere.
For more information on how to have the most successful renovation possible, contact the experts at Menno S. Martin for more information and a free quote today.