Women love to keep their home clean, beautiful and a functional safe haven for their family. Hence, many women look out for renovation and home remodel contractors that can assist them in making their home look better than before. However, not all contractors are honest and provide the same level of transparency that you might expect.
Unfortunately there are many scams artists in the general contracting field. You may have heard of unethical individuals who pose themselves as honest professional contractors and trick women by underhanded selling of shoddy workmanship against a big amount for the work they do. In this brief article we’ll show you some of their tricks and why you should avoid them.
1) Better Start Today or Someone Will Get Hurt
Shady contractors use scare tactics on women to manipulate them into a “yes”. They exaggerate situations in order to convince women to give them the projects instantly. For instance, if there is a crack in the chimney the shady contractor might scare you into thinking that the crack can cause your entire roof to cave in falling on your family! A reputable contractor will offer you a reasonable assessment of the situation showing the chimney needs some repair work.
2) Needing Upfront Payment in Full before Starting Work
You should be hearing warning bells when a contractor tells you that he will need 100% upfront payments before beginning the renovation and remodeling work on your home. A professional, honest and reliable contractor will never do that because they have accounts with their suppliers. While it is common that contractors do ask for a 20% or 30% down payment when they sign a work agreement, they never ask for full upfront payments.
3) Offering Exceptionally Low Bids
A stunningly low bid is going to attract your attention. However, you need to know that an exceptionally low bid is a red flag because there are certain costs that can not always be met by charging a super low price. Expect to find cut corners, low quality materials and poor workmanship in order to meet that extra low price. And that’s if the shady contractors get the work done at all!
Professional contractors have material suppliers, dealers, work crews, etc. And they have to pay them a fair price or wage. So if the price is a little higher that’s because everyone is working on your project to completion. And they are gaining fair compensation for their exert level service.
4) Saying they Love Last Minute Changes
Women love additions, improvements and upgrades. Shady contractors are well aware of how to convince such clients of needing expensive additions after beginning a home renovation project. “Wouldn’t a bigger window over there look great and offer more light?” Well, this sounds like a great idea but not after all the work is complete! Making changes in the middle of a construction or renovation project can make things expensive for you. Because work has to be undone and then redone again to accommodate the new plan. And then they charge you big for this.
A professional contractor will devise a plan right at the start of the work. He will tell you how much it will cost, how much time it will take, and how they will proceed.
5) Too Many Projects in Play at the Same Time
Women prefer to hire someone that has lots of projects in play. That seems to show that the contractor is successful and in demand. Con artists are really good at looking busy. And they come up with an excuse to be in your house only for an hour or so while they should be there all day completing your remodeling and renovation work.
A professional contractor has a working supervisor that looks after the job from beginning to end. So, if the job drags on, then the contractor still has to pay the supervisor for all these extra days. And so it’s in contractor’s best interest to finish the job as soon as possible.
We recommend that you look out for trustworthy home renovation remodel contractors. At HK Construction & Remodel you’ll find honest quotes on the best workmanship for renovation and remodeling contracts. Our company began in the home remodeling services business in the early 1990’s. And we maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. So you know we really care about doing business right.
For a free quote or consultation on home remodeling call us. We’ll take good care of you!
Contact: Marc Gieselmann, Owner
Location: Poway, CA 92064