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    Seven ways to be scammed by a contractor

    submitted by Scott Miller, Service Manager, C and C Family Roofing and Siding

    With material prices constantly going up due to pandemic and storm related issues it is important to do your research before hiring a contractor. Below are some warning signs to consider.

    1. Doesn’t have insurance. All professional contractors should be insured and able to show their certificate proving such insurance.

    2. Asks you to sign before you’ve hired them. If they want you to sign an “estimate” or “authorization” before you’ve made the decision to hire the contractor, look out. They may be trying to get you to sign what is an actual binding contract.

    3. Doesn’t write contracts. Professionals have clear contracts that outline the job, process, and the cost. If you don’t have a contract, you are not protected. Don’t hire anyone who tells you a contract “won’t be necessary.”

    4. Requires cash or payment in full before starting the job. Shady contractors demand cash and then run with the money, or they ask for full payment up front. A deposit towards materials is common, but only pay it once you have a signed contract. Also, never pay cash to a salesperson instead of a check to a company.

    5. Vastly underbids all other contractors. They may have the best price, but that doesn’t guarantee the best work. Such contractors may cut costs on quality, which can end up costing you more when you must have the sub-standard work redone.

    6. Offers “special” pricing. If you’re told you’ve been “chosen” as a demonstration project at a “special” low price, or you’re told a low price is good “only if” you sign a contract today – red flags!

    7. Cannot provide customer references. Professional contractors should have current references they can provide from their clients. If you can only reach an answering machine – beware.

    Hire a contractor you can trust.

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