If you have recently relocated to a new area and are looking for someone to do work on your home, how can you find a contractor who is honest and will do a good job for you?  This can sometimes be a challenge if you don’t know anyone who can give you recommendations.  But, there are some ways to tell if a trades person is less than honest.  Here are a few of the warning signs:

If you are contacting a company by phone or email, try to have them give you a quote for the work before disclosing your address as some companies will quote a higher price to people living in more affluent areas.

Be wary of companies who require a large deposit or even the whole amount up front for the job, while it is normal to ask for a small deposit, any more than that is not advised.  Its also a good idea to get a fixed price for a job and put it down in writing.  Some companies like to add “unforeseen extras” to their prices at the end of the job. 

Find out as much as you can about the company or trades person you are thinking of hiring.  Don’t be afraid to ask them questions such as previous jobs they’ve done, insurance details and their address etc.  An honest trades person with nothing to hide will not have any problems providing the information you desire.  Be careful of anyone who is too pushy or wants an immediate decision on the being hired for the job. 

Yes, it is possible to find someone trustworthy to work on your home.  These few warning signs will help you in making a good decision.

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