It’s easy to spot an unscrupulous contractor if you know for what to look. Whether you’re hiring a roofing professional or a home remodeler, you should take note of these signs.
Distinctly Low Estimates
If they offer you a price that’s too good to be true, you should take a second before hiring a contractor. Generally, it’s ideal to get at least three quotes from different businesses to have a better idea of what your job should cost. Prices that are too low could mean substandard work or low-quality materials.
If a contractor dodges your requests for referrals or proof of their previous work, you should be wary. Reliable professionals are typically ready to show off their portfolio and offer references.
There are many aspects to home improvement so it’s important to have all the details in writing. This way, the scope of the work is clear to both you and the contractors. A legal agreement could also protect you against things like hidden charges and shoddy workmanship. If your contractors refuse to sign a contract, it would be best not to hire them at all.
Established businesses are usually okay about being paid on completion or in stages as work progresses. If a contractor insists on getting paid upfront, consider this a red flag.
Disregard for Health and Safety
Ask about the safety measures they implement during projects, and make sure they have insurance. As the homeowner, you could be liable for any injuries that workers get while working on your home. That said, ensure that the contractors follow best practices when it comes to safety.
Need help installing a new roof or replacement windows? Nuss Construction Company has several years of expertise in various home improvement services. Call us at (856) 988-9982, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in Medford, NJ, and nearby areas.