Sunday, September 16, 2012

When searching for a reputable home contractor, watch out for these red flags.

By Lee Nelson | Yahoo! Homes 

Red flags you're dealing with a bad contractor

Your home is your sanctuary from all of life's stresses. So it makes sense that when it comes time to remodel, you want to find a professional home contractor that you can trust.
First things first, you'll want to do your homework and look to resources like your local Better Business Bureau (BBB).
"BBB handles a lot of inquiries and complaints about home contractors, and we constantly remind people - do your research first and make sure you select someone you feel comfortable with," says Katherine Hutt, director of communications and media relations at the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
To help you start the evaluation process, we've compiled a list of potential red flags to help you avoid fraudulent or just plain shady contractors.

Red Flag #1 - No References

Warning: Be wary of a contractor that can't provide you with any references.
"The only reason that someone may not have a lot of references is if the construction company is just getting started and does not have a lot of work under their belt," said Joe Rongisch, owner of Vantage Design & Construction in Gretna, Neb.
Prefer getting a reference from someone you know? Consider asking for personal recommendations from people you trust - family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues.
In fact, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), nearly half of all projects completed by a remodeling contractor are the result of client referrals.

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