There are some good-but-quirky tradesmen who exhibit the following
traits. Think twice about hiring them unless every other indicator
He drives a rusted-out jalopy. A bucket of bolts
that leaves an oil slick in your driveway doesn't bode well for the
attention to detail or fiscal stability of the person driving it.
not to say everyone has to ride around in a gleaming new truck," says
Dick Mitchell, president of the New Orleans branch of the Better
Business Bureau, the national nonprofit that lends its logo to
participating companies meeting its standards (you can find a
searchable list of member contractors at bbb.org). "But it should be
clean and well maintained." Painted-on signs are better than magnetic
ones, which are cheap and temporary.
He wants cash. Even if you
don't care that he's shirking his taxes by taking cash (or a check made
out to cash), consider what other costs he may be cutting - like
licensing fees, insurance bills and skilled crew members.
investigate a potential contractor's finances, look him up at
contractorcheck.com, where (for $13) you can find information about his
licensing, insurance and financial stability, as well as any legal
actions against him.
He doesn't provide a cell number. Sure, you
might find the rare contractor who has someone (probably his wife)
manning his business line. But for the most part, the only way to
quickly get hold of a tradesman is by cell phone. If he doesn't want to
give out that number, it isn't because he's conserving his minutes - he
doesn't want to be reachable.
If you see any of these signs, don't hire the guy - even if you've had good luck working with him before.
wants to skip the permit - or have you apply for it. Any major
improvement project legally requires a building permit, which means
that inspectors will check the work. If a contractor wants to go
without a permit, it means he'd rather not have anyone looking over his
shoulder (other than you, but let's face it, you don't know what to
If he wants you to apply for the permit yourself, it
could be because he doesn't have the necessary state licensing - and it
means you'd be the middleman between the inspector and contractor
instead of letting them work things out directly.
business door to door. A paving contractor rings your bell to say he
just did a job in the neighborhood, has extra materials and will cut
you a rock-bottom deal if he can work on yours that afternoon. Sounds
Trouble is, you have no idea who he is or if he's
going to do the job right. And if that new pavement starts cracking
three weeks later, you'll never get him back to repair the damage.
seems sleazy. Ultimately, you have to feel comfortable letting this
person into your home. Clearly, you're not going to hand your house
keys to someone who flips a cigarette butt into your azaleas or leers
at your 16-year-old daughter.
But if he doesn't look you
straight in the eye or you just have a gut feeling that something might
be amiss, go ahead and cross him off your list. Nowadays, thankfully,
there are plenty of contractors available to do the job
__________________________adelaide mortgage broker