- Contractors that request large deposits "to buy materials." Established, reputable contractors maintain charge accounts with their suppliers.
- Requests complete payment up front (this should never happen)
- Accepts only cash payments
- Contractors who are vague. Demand detailed, written bids and contracts that specify in detail the project, materials used, and work to be performed. (Keep in mind, the contractor cannot give you this information until you have picked out all of the material you wish to use, flooring, roof tile, appliances, cabinets. Prices vary to greatly to guesstimate)
- Pressures you for a quick hiring decision or offers a discount for an on the spot hiring.
- Requests that you obtain the building permits
- Contractors who provide you with a P.O. box instead of a physical address, and a telephone answering service instead of their own telephone number for contact purposes.
These are some tips to help you help yourself when entering a remodel project. Always remember to ask questions and to also provide your contractor with the necessary information so he can assist you as much as possible. Your results will speak for themselves!