Warning Signs During Other Contractor Interviews
Avoid remodelers at all costs when:
- You can't verify the name,
address, telephone number or credentials of the remodeler.
- The salesperson tries to
pressure you into signing a contract.
- The pictures shown cannot be verified to be actual work performed by the contractor.
- The company or salesperson
says your home will be used for advertising purposes so you will be given a "special, low rate."
- The builder/remodeler
tells you a special price is available only if you sign the contract "today" (unless the product goes off sale)
- No verifiable references are furnished, or only a few furnished although company is said to be in business a long time!
- Information you receive
from the contractor is out-of-date or no longer valid.
- You are unable to verify
the license or insurance information.
- You are asked to pay for
the entire job in advance, or to pay in cash to a salesperson instead of by check or money order to the company itself.
- The company is not listed
with the local Better Business Bureau, or with a local trade association, such as NARI, or NKBA.
In addition, be cautious when:
- You are given vague or
reluctant answers, and cannot answer with building or product knowlege.
- The contractor exhibits
poor communication skills or descriptive powers.
- The contractor is not
- Your questions are not
answered to your satisfaction.
- The contractor is
impatient and does not listen.
- Only the work is
addressed, instead of your needs as the homeowner.
- There is no presentation
book of previous projects presented.