Whether you’re planning a new home, or an addition for a growing family, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.
Your home may be your most valuable financial asset. That’s why it’s important to be cautious, when you hire someone to work on it. Don’t consider ads as indications of the quality of a contractor’s work. Your best bet is a reality check, from those in the know: clients, friends, neighbors, or co-workers, who have had work done.
Not all contractors operate within the law. Here are some tip-offs to potential rip-offs. A less than reputable contractor:
✔offers you discounts for finding other customers;
✔just happens to have materials left over from a previous job;
✔only accepts cash payments;
✔asks you to get the required building permits;
✔does not list a business number in the local telephone directory;
✔tells you your job will be a "demonstration;"
✔pressures you for an immediate decision;
✔offers exceptionally long guarantees;
✔asks you to pay for the entire job up-front;
✔suggests that you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows. If
you’re not careful, you could lose your home through a home
improvement loan scam.
✔A well-established company with consumer protection officials.
✔A licensed contractor who complies with all registration statutes affecting contractors, remodelers, and/or specialty contractors.
The licensing can range from simple registration to a detailed qualification process. Also, the licensing requirements in one locality
may be different, from the requirements in the rest of the state. Braun Builders, LLC. will check with your local building department, or consumer protection agency, to find out about licensing requirements in your area.