Finding the right kind of trades-person to do work on your home can be a challenge. You want to make sure you have someone who will do an excellent job and not try to overcharge you. Most of all, you want to avoid being scammed, so what are some things to watch out for?
One way to avoid being scammed is to try and avoid giving your address out when calling around for estimates. Depending on where you live, you could be quoted a higher price for a job. For example, if you live in a wealthy neighborhood, you might be given a higher price for the same job than someone who lives in a less affluent area.
Its very often those most vulnerable that are preyed on by scam artists, such as the elderly. Be very wary of people who call you on the telephone or arrive at the door trying to persuade you to have work done. Be aware that scam artists will be more reluctant to provide you with information about themselves, so ask for their credentials and details like their address and previous jobs before you hire them for work.
Before you hire someone to do work for you, check they are insured and qualified for the specific work you will be having done. Also, make sure you get a fixed price for the work ahead of time and have it all written down in a contract. By doing this, you will avoid being charged for expensive unforeseen extras.
Although a small deposit is usually required, do not pay for the whole job upfront. Its best to avoid placing a large deposit down as well.
We know that not everyone is out to scam us, but its always wise to know what to look out for and avoid being a victim.