How to avoid getting ripped off by a contractor
Contractor problems are the second biggest consumer complaint in the United States, according to the Consumer Federation of America.
Homeowners across the country are complaining about shoddy work. They're also complaining about contractors who don't even start or finish the job.
Here's some advice from the Federal Trade Commission on how to hire a contractor:
- You can find builders, remodelers and other contractors at the National Association of Home Builders website.You can also check with friends, neighbors and co-workers for recommendations.
- Check out the contractor's Facebook page and website for reviews.
- Meet with the contractor about the specific scope of work.
- Talk to three recent references from the contractor for the specific type of job that you're hiring him for. Ask the references, if they would they hire the contractor again.
- If you plan on hiring the contractor, get a written contract that includes price, start and completion date, warranties for materials and workmanship, and details about clean-up.
If you don't like the answers, hire someone else.
Research everything , especially the kind of materials that'll be used.
Be sure to base your decision on quality. That's because the cheapest guy doesn't always provide the best value.