As with any service industry, you have good contractors, bad contractors, and people who aren’t contractors at all. As an owner/project manager, it’s important for you to take on your due diligence by researching and vetting all of your contractors and vendors.
5 Red Flags of a Disreputable Contractor
- No Portfolio or References – Whether they are in the form of portfolios, case studies or project write-ups; you want to make sure that not only have they completed jobs similar to your facility, but you want to see the type of work they do via photos and videos.
- No Insurance or License – Any reputable, licensed contractor expects to be asked by customers to see their license or letter of Good Standing up front. If the contractor doesn’t provide a license in the first meeting, don’t hire until you see it.
- Cash Only Payments Accepted – Cash only payment should be a huge red flag; there are a few reasons for a contractor to only want cold hard cash from you…and most of them are no good.
- Poor Communication or High-Pressure Sales – It’s a red flag is your contractor is pressuring you to move forward, make a commitment, or sign a contract that you are not ready for.
- Reviews – Your contractor must have many positive reviews in on BBB, Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angie’s List, etc.