Of all the ways that I’ve mentioned so far about protecting yourself from con artist contractors one of the main ones is looking out for red flags. There are certain things that a contractor will do or say in order to get you to pay more money up front, or buy into something that you don’t need. I’m going to list six of the big ones:
Requesting that YOU obtain things: It is not your job to buy anything. Whether it is materials (unless you’re really picky…then you can buy them) or building permits you shouldn’t be required to pay any extra money that isn’t just paying your contractor straight up. The permits are something that your contractor should always provide, and materials should be built into the cost of the project. If you want to be picky and provide your own materials (paint seems to be a big one with this) you are more than welcome to.
Pressuring you to make a decision: Contractors want to make money, I understand that, and obviously a contractor is going to want your business so I am not talking about regular good old fashioned salesmanship. What I am talking about is a contractor who is pressuring you to make a decision RIGHT NOW. This is not something that any contractor should do. Another tactic they do to try and get you to buy RIGHT NOW is that they will offer one-time discounts if you sign up that day. Tactics like this may work at a clothing store to get a store credit card, but not with things like contractors. A contractor should try and sell you himself and his business like a professional.
Solicits door-to-door: This should be a no brainer. When was the last time you bought anything from a door to door salesman that wasn’t some Thin Mints? This is especially true for anything home improvement. and while it still does happen