With material prices constantly going up due to storm-related issues it is important to do your research before hiring a contractor. Here are some things you need to consider.
Doesn’t have insurance. All professional contractors should be insured and able to show their certificate proving such insurance.
Asks you to sign anything 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.
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.”
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 with a signed contract.
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 substandard work redone.
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.
Storm Chasers. Professional contractors don’t follow weather conditions to get work. Most times the “Storm Chasers” are looking to persuade you with claims such as including your deductible in the cost of the job, providing their own adjuster so they can manipulate the price and fabricating damage to your home in order to legitimize a claim.
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