It’s home improvement time again.
And someone with a pickup truck and a smile knocks on your door, mentions something on your home improvement to-do list, and offers to do it at a cost that seems almost too good to be true.
Before Hiring a Contractor:
- Verify the contractor has liability insurance. If the contractor or his employees cause damage to your property, this ensures that he can make good on any damages.
- Require a license number. If a worker gets injured on the job, and worker compensation insurance isn’t in place, that worker could sue both the employer and you, the property owner, for damages.
- Check References. Reputable contractors with a good track record will have references from prior jobs.
Following these three steps will help you to avoid home improvement scams. Using licensed contractors and checking references is a smart move, and it protects you against unwanted liability when things don’t go as planned.