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Red flags when looking for a contractor

You need a contractor to put an addition on your home in Florida. You have been interviewing people. Almost all of them assure you that they can do the job and they give you quotes.

Remember that it's not just financial. You want to make sure you hire someone who will do a quality job and stand by the contract they sign. Here are some red flags to watch out for. Even if the quote sounds good, do not hire a contractor who:

  • Tells you that there's really no need for a written contract. They'll probably seem nice and assure you that they're trustworthy, but why don't they want it in writing?
  • Demands to be paid everything in advance. This just sets you up for issues if they fail to complete the job. They already have your money.
  • Does not have a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. You cannot have anyone on the crew under the influence at any time.
  • Does not communicate effectively. Maybe they won't tell you what the costs look like. Maybe they don't return your calls. Either way, don't hire them.
  • Talks about doing things outside of the contract or the scope of the project. You need someone who understands exactly what you want and what you agreed to -- and who you can trust to stick to those guidelines.
  • Works with subcontractors you don't trust. You need to know that every person on the job will do quality work.

If you do run into issues with the project, make sure you know what legal rights you have. This can be a frustrating process with a massive impact on your home.

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