Home renovation scams unfortunately happen. According to the Better Business Bureau, consumer complaints about contractors are often in the top five most frequently reported. In 2010, green remodeling scams saw an increase. In fact, some unscrupulous individuals will solicit door-to-door, offering roof repair at a low cost following a major storm; or they may tell you they have leftover supplies from remodeling other homes in the area and can make your improvements for a discount rate. Avoid situations like these, they are likely scams.
However, there are several experienced, reputable Atlanta contractors that consistently provide quality remodeling services, both residentially and commercially.
So how can you ensure you select one of these companies and avoid the ones only out to double cross you? Here is some advice from CNN Money.
Home Renovation Scams
Don’t Fall for One-Time Offers
One-time offers are meant to lure customers who would not otherwise be in a place to plan for or afford home remodeling services. According to CNN, “Lou Manfredini, a former remodeling contractor and Ace Hardware’s home expert, says ‘one-time offers’ simply don’t exist.”
Walk Away from High-Pressure Sales Tactics
If you encounter high-pressure sales tactics, such as being forced into signing documents because potential discounts will expire, or if someone offers you unsolicited home remodeling service, turn away. The remodeling process should be a comprehensive and collaborative one between you and a contractor you trust.
Do Your Research
Check for BBB complaints and look for satisfied customer reviews. Evaluate potential contractors’ websites; peruse galleries of before and after work; see how long they have been in business and what types of projects they take on. When your contractor shows up, does his or her truck and uniform have logos imprinted on them? You want to make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured?
Get Everything in Writing
Be very wary of contractors requiring large amounts of money upfront.
Get payment plans in writing, as well – to make sure you’re not being swindled. CNN recommends referencing Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value tool.
To avoid home renovation scams you need to do your homework. If it is your first time looking to remodel, or if you’re not tech savvy and able to do substantial online research, ask for assistance from those who have gone through the process.
Glazer Design and Construction has been in operation since 1995, and the people behind its success have decades of experience providing quality commercial and residential remodeling. For a respected and trustworthy contractor who will help you through the remodeling process, contact us at 404.683.9848, email Randy@GlazerConstruction.com or complete our Fast Form below.