Remodelling your home can be both a stressful and rewarding time. Your choice of contractor can significantly impact how much of each of these feelings you experience during the course of the project. Make sure you choose the right contractor by avoiding these red flags:
No license or insurance: If a contractor is legitimate they should be happy to show you proof of their license and insurance coverage to reassure you when they know their industry has its bad apples. If they can’t provide proof or say it’s not necessary, avoid them.
No contracts: Unscrupulous contractors may offer to work at a discount of you waive a contract, but N matter how much money you might appear to be saving, it is far too big of a financial risk for you to not have a proper contract. A contract protects both of you.
Difficult to contact: Not being reasonably reachable by e-mail or phone is a red flag.
Demands payment upfront: A contractor shouldn’t expect to be paid upfront for work not yet completed. More commonly, they are paid in increments as the work is completed and the expected timeline should be laid out in your contract.