We’ve all seen the news stories. Contractors who have been charged with defrauding clients, performing work without proper licenses, and sometimes even worse! It’s no wonder that clients are so hesitant to trust anyone these days.
That’s why we want to ensure that you have as much information as possible before not only choosing the contractor for your project, but also those that you invite into your home for an estimate. There are several simple things that you can do to ensure that you are working with a reputable company.
Here are 8 Steps to take that will help you find the right Contractor for your project:
- Hire only licensed contractors and ask to see the license.
- Verify the contractor’s license by checking online at www.cslb.ca.gov or via automated phone service at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).
- Check references and get a written contract.
- Find out how long a contractor has been in business. The longer they’ve been in business, the more of a reputation they have to uphold.
- Be wary of any contractor who asks you to pay with cash.
- Always check the Better Business Bureau. This will list any formal complaints filed against the company and how they were resolved.
- Keep in mind that if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is. A contractor who is offering the same work for a much lower price than other estimates is most likely having difficulties with their business, lacking in qualified help, using low quality materials, or cutting important corners such as permitting and correct planning. Low initial estimates can also lead to excessive and costly change orders down the road. While getting a great deal is a good thing, keep in mind that that so-called “great deal” may cost you much more in the long run.
- Be especially hesitant when approached by someone offering home improvement services door-to-door, especially when they offer to use materials that they claim are leftover from another project.
As the saying goes “desperate times call for desperate measures” and, unfortunately, there are people out there who take this to extreme, especially when the economy is still struggling. Many businesses are cutting corners by using low quality materials, hiring unqualified workers, allowing licenses and insurance to expire or be cancelled, working without proper permits, and, in some cases, simply taking the money and running without completing the work.
Whether you choose Burgin Construction or another Contractor, please do your homework and make sure that you are working with a reputable company. You’ll not only save money in the long run; you’ll also save a lot of time and trouble!
If you’d like more information on Burgin Construction’s bidding, planning or construction processes or our license and insurance information please give us a call at 714-558-1094 or fill out our online form by clicking here.