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How to Avoid a Shady Contractor

A Shady Contractor Looking Lost and ConfusedDo you own property in the San Antonio area? Or are you planning to? Then this information is crucial to you! Building a home or renovating your existing rental property or your own home is no simple task. From budgeting to design, vacant time or inconvenience to you or the rental property occupants, there is so much to consider.

Choosing the best contractor that will fit your needs can be the most important. You will want to consider the length of time they quote you on the job as well as the contract, their references, their terms, etc.  There’s a myriad of details you’ll need to juggle. But when it comes to choosing the right contractor for the job, it’s important to be mindful that not every contractor is reputable. Here are six ways you can spot a shady one.

  • They Pressure You: Whether they’re pushy with contracts or material if they’re using pressure to sway you, be cautious. Get information about different materials, etc. from someone other than the contractor to make sure they are not persuading you to purchase more expensive materials that benefit them.
  • They Only Accept Cash: This is a huge red flag. Reputable contractors will take checks or credit cards for their payments.
  • They Want the Full Payment Up Front: Most remodelers typically require a down payment of 25-50 percent of the contract price for small jobs and 10-33 percent for large jobs. If they demand full payment up front, be wary: they may never finish the job. Never make final payment until you are satisfied that they completed the work.
  • They Lack References: No matter what, never hire a contractor without verifying references. It would benefit you to verify several to make sure they have not provided a fake reference.
  • They Suggest a Lender: If the contractor suggests that you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows, you could be the target of a home improvement loan scam.
  • The Contractor Won’t Listen to You: A contractor should want to meet your specific needs. If they seem unable or unwilling to listen to your wants, if they talk over you or in any way seem disrespectful, they may not be reputable at worst, or at best, difficult to work with.

If your rental property is ready for a facelift, consider hiring a property manager that can deal with the vendors going in and out doing the work while advertising to find you the best renters so when the job is complete, you can have new qualified tenants ready to move in. Contact RPM Alamo for more info on property management or for any of your maintenance needs at your own home or rental property. Contact Amanda by either email or phone: amanda@rpmalamo.com or call 210-787-3876.

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