Honest and reliable contractors are everywhere, but it is also not a surprise that you will also meet fake home workers. We have a natural gut – feel, but this is not always working if we are talking to professional scammers. Sometimes, it is tough to spot who are legit and who are fraudulent. They look and talk like a professional. Thus, you need to be extra careful because these people are just waiting for the perfect victim. Here are some tips.
Ask for referrals from family and friends
If you have a family member or friends who have experience in dealing with home contractors, ask some advice. Ask how they were able to deal with the right contractor. If they are happy with the service, ask for the number or visit the office. With this, you can investigate more. Do not limit yourself with just one referral. You can even ask your friends in social media or join a real estate forum to know more about handling real estate contractors.
Do not pay in full
It is understandable that a contractor asks for a down payment for the materials. However, you are not required to pay in full. It will be a bit of a hassle making a staggered payment, but it will be for your protection. There are two dangers in paying in full. First, they might disappear and do not do the job. Second, it is also possible that they are no longer motivated in doing the job, and the quality will suffer.
Create a contract
Do not believe in promises. Everything should be stipulated and agreed by both parties. Specifically indicate what you expect – the materials, the number of workers, and the turnover date. Do not hesitate to add things that you think are necessary. The contract is for your protection as well as theirs. If your expected quality is not met, you have the right to sue them. You can even ask for payment for damages.