Avoiding Contractor Scams: The Basics

Avoiding Contractor Scams: The Basics

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When you’re hiring a contractor to help you get your home upgraded, you might be wondering how you can avoid some common scams. After all, there’s a massive problem in the US of people purporting to be contactors but being scammers. The best thing to keep in mind is that official work contracts are your friend.

Let’s get into some basics.

Do Your Research

The first thing you want to do before you hire a contractor is to make sure that they’re well-regarded by others. Please do some research into the person first, and make sure that they have a good reputation. If they work for a large company, you’ll also want to research the company to make sure that they’re reputable.

If you fail to do your due diligence, you could end up hiring a scammer or con artist instead of a legitimate con artist. Even some people who do occasional good work could turn out to be scammers some of the time!

Money up Front?

It’s not common for contractors to ask for money upfront. If you’re solicited by someone who claims to be a contractor, and they’re demanding money upfront for a job, then this is a red flag. People demanding even partial payment upfront could be scamming you, planning to do either no work or very shoddy work, making even a fractional payment from you essentially ”free money” for them.

This is why it’s so important to get everything in writing. If you want to hire someone to do a specific job, make sure you include the exact details of the job in the contract you draw up. The contract should also include all information about when they will be paid for the work and whether you can contact them to come back to fix mistakes.

Solicitors

In general, try to avoid contractors who come to you. If you seek out a company and offer them work, you can usually trust that they’re excited to work for you. However, if a solicitor comes to you with promises that are too good to be true, then they likely are.

Door-to-door salesmen, online solicitations, and phone calls from “local contractors” are often fraudulent attempts to take your money. If you’re set on hiring a solicitor, then make sure your contract with them is airtight. The last thing you want to do is fight a scammer in court over ambiguous wording in a contract.