Questions and Answers about Contractors
Follow advice given by experts regarding the difference between a professional contractor and a scam contractor to avoid experiencing shoddy workmanship, hidden fees and fly-by-night companies that take your money and run before you realize what has happened to you. When you want your kitchen and/or bathroom remodeled, never choose the first New York City contractor you find on the internet or in the phone book alleging to be “licensed”, “bonded” and “experienced”. Claiming to be something is one thing but proving that you are indeed what you say you are is another.
What to Look for in a Professional Remodeling Contractor
How long has the company been in operation? Unless you have received references from family members or friends who have actually hired the company to do remodeling work for them, you should avoid using a New York City remodeling company with less than five years experience in the remodeling business.
Is the contractor listed with the Better Business Bureau? You can call by phone or check online to see whether the company is listed with the BBB. In addition, any unresolved complaints pending with the company can be found on the BBB’s website.
If you have just moved to the New York City area and are not familiar with anyone, contact your local building inspector for recommendations regarding a reputable home remodeler. Since building inspectors provide permits and inspect additions to homes, businesses and apartment buildings, they will know exactly which contracting companies represent the best in the city.
References given to you by the contractor are essentially useless. These may represent the few people who were satisfied with the work or people who are giving phony praises because they work for the company or are related to the contractor. If a contractor seems too eager to provide personal references, take this as a warning this may not be a legitimate company.
Read the contract carefully before signing. Make sure that all details regarding the remodeling job is listed on the contract and question anything you don’t understand or consider vague. Scam artists are experts at appearing to be good, honest and dependable people. They are also masters of “double-talk” and may try to explain procedures and costs using words you don’t understand. If something about the contract makes you feel uneasy, don’t sign it until you have someone else look at it, preferably an attorney.
Ask the contractor to estimate a completion date and have him write that date on the contract. If you are having interior remodeling done in your home, this should not be a problem with the contractor. Additionally, tell the contractor you want a clause included in the contract stating a refund amount if the job is not completed within a reasonable amount of time.
Consider it a red flag warning when New York City contractors ask for an upfront payment of more than half of what the job will cost before even starting the remodeling. Many people have lost considerable amounts of money by giving a scam contractor thousands of dollars, only to discover that the contractor has skipped town with their money. Unfortunately, ninety-eight percent of those people never see a dime of that money again.
Remodeling projects in the New York City area can be professionally completed by established companies like MyHome, a leading remodeler of bathrooms, kitchens and other renovation projects. Licensed contractors and expert designers will help and guide you through every stage of your remodeling job, from purchasing appropriate materials to receiving the legal permits necessary to execute the process. With everything ready and available at MyHome, you can be living in a beautifully renovated apartment or home without the stress of dealing with questionable contractors or worrying about a timely completion date.