Home repair, renovation and improvement scams can be costly so beware of con- artists looking to take your money and then disappear. Protect yourself from these unethical people by looking out for common schemes.
Do not trust a person that just arrives at your home and says “Hey I was doing a job in the neighborhood and I have some extra materials left over, so I’ll give you a good deal on a driveway sealing project.” A good and reliable contractor usually knows how much material they need for a certain project and if they have leftover material will not peddle it door to door. If you really think you like the deal, ask for the name and address of the person they just did the job for and ask that neighbor how satisfied they were with the job that was done.
Another potential red flag for a home improvement project is the contractor stating, “We won’t need to pull permits.” Of course, not every home improvement job requires a permit, but if you think this one should, contact the city and ask. Improvements that should have had permits, but do not, can cause trouble when you try to sell your home.
Be careful if you are speaking with a contractor that states “I’m going to need you to pay the whole job up front”. A reasonable down payment is part of the process – usually about one third of the price of the job. Never pay for the entire project up front – if you do that person will just take the money and run. Check for regulations that are in place as a guideline to protect you.
Don’t hire a contractor that says “We don’t need to put anything in writing”. You should have a written contract – that protects you and the contractor for very good reasons. Make sure the contract specifies a dated work schedule, payment terms, cost breakdown, as well as proof of licensure, bonding & insurance, and any concessions for work not completed on time. This is the strongest legal protection you can have.
Remember a good contractor will not pressure you to make up your mind on the spot. They know this is a costly investment and you will need time to think it over. You should also think about speaking to more than one contractor before making your decision and checking local jobs they have done similar to yours.
Finally, go the extra mile and contact the Nevada State Contractors Board (http://www.nvcontractorsboard.com) about the license # they provide you (a truly legitimate contractor will have no problem with that.) I had a client a couple of years ago hire a contractor who was using the license number of a company he used to work for. A few extra minutes to verify him would have prevented what ended up costing my client over $70,000…
I have a list of people I refer to my clients for specific jobs and am happy to recommend these contractors to any reader since I know their work and reputation. Feel free to reach out to me any time for recommendations.
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Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff