When you hire someone to work on your home, whether it’s because you’re selling your loft in DTLA and need to make a few upgrades or you just want to do a little home improvement, it’s always best to get word-of-mouth referrals from people you know. Unfortunately, not everyone knows a great contractor – and in that case, you’re left to your own devices. You’ll read reviews and testimonials, check out websites and call around.
But how can you tell when you’re dealing with a bad contractor?
These are three red flags to watch for.
3 Red Flags That Let You Know You Don’t Want to Work With a Contractor
The bottom line when you’re hiring a home improvement contractor is to go with your gut – but if you spot these three signs, you should keep looking:
- They don’t have the right credentials. Your contractor should be licensed, insured and bonded.
- They say you don’t need a contract or permits. You need a contract to protect yourself – and you may need permits from the city.
- They ask for the majority of the fee upfront. Your contractor should ask for a little down, and the rest in installments with the bulk of the payment coming after the job is done.
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