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The 5 Signs Of An Unqualified Contractor

Having work done on your home, regardless of the size of the project, is a big deal.

There is a significant commitment of time, trust and money that is required when bringing in a contractor, especially if it is your first time doing so.

You have probably heard horror stories from your friends about jobs that were finished poorly, or not finished at all, and hearing harrowing tales like that is enough to make any homeowner apprehensive.

Here at we understand your concerns, which is why today’s article is devoted to helping ensure that this never happens to you.

Here are our Top 5 Signs Of An Unqualified Contractor:

  1. Prices That Are Too Good To Be True: One of the most important steps in selecting a contractor is evaluating quotes from at least three different providers. But what happens when you receive a quote that is inexplicably lower than the competition? Well, that will most often mean something untoward is going on.  It could be anything from costs being cut on the materials used to just be plain old deceitful business practices, especially if these low prices are a “limited time offer” accompanied by pressure to buy now. If you come across such a scenario, be wary.
  2. Lack Of References: Is there any better way to judge a business by the satisfaction of their customers? Probably not.  Asking for references is an important step, but if you are still not convinced you should leverage the plethora of online review and ratings websites at your disposal to help determine whether or not a contractor is a safe and worthy selection for your project. Don’t see any reviews online? That may be a sign to steer clear.
  3. Lack Of Credentials: The devil truly is in the details. If you have any concerns over the legitimacy of a contractor you are about to do business with don’t hesitate to ask for their credentials including any proof of qualifications, licensing and insurance numbers.
  4. Lack Of a Contract: Having the terms of your agreement with your contractor in writing is the best way to avoid misunderstandings on the side of either party. If you encounter a contractor who is adamant about proceeding with only a verbal agreement, you should think twice before proceeding.
  5. Demanding Cash Up Front: The final hallmark of questionable contractors is demanding an unreasonable portion of the fee up front.

If any of these red flags pop up in your dealings with a potential contractor, make sure you jump ship and cut your losses.

Remember, there is pretty much no such thing as too good to be true when it comes to home renovation.

Always go the safe, reputable route and save yourself both heartache and expense in the long haul.

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