Things to avoid when hiring a contractor

Things to avoid when hiring a contractor

Submitted by Bill Simone, president of Custom Design & Construction

  • Companies whose business names, addresses, telephone numbers or credentials can’t be verified
  • A contractor who tries to pressure you into signing a contract
  • A contractor who says your home will be used for advertising purposes and you will be given a "special, low price"
  • A contractor who tells you that a special price is available only if you sign the contract "today"
  • A contractor who does not or cannot provide references
  • A contractor who provides you with out of date information or invalid information
  • A contractor whose insurance is unable to be verified or sole proprietors who tell you they aren't required to have insurance. This is true, but you, the homeowner, are then liable if an accident should happen while they are on your property.
  • A contractor who asks you to pay for a amount of the job in advance of any work or to pay in cash instead of by check

Custom Design & Construction
is located in Los Angeles. Simone is a certified graduate remodeler (CGR) and a certified aging in place specialist (CAPS).

As of July 7, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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marilyn cook


When hiring work done in the home it is a good idea to check to see if the contractor has done a background check on his/her employees and also ask if he is bonded for theft. I worked in a jail and know that a lot of the employees working in home repair have records for robbery and theft and most usually are in drugs.

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