How to Avoid Home Improvement Contractor Scams

At our Kansas City home improvement company, we place a high priority on providing the utmost quality and customer service to our clients, ensuring that you trust your home maintenance and repair projects to us for years to come. If you are on Angie’s List, be sure to check out our profile- we’ve even won an Angie’s List Super Service Award!
Unfortunately, not all home improvement contractors are as focused on making customers happy as we are here at Bordner. Many an unlucky homeowner has had a bad experience with contractors, and scams are common. Whether or not you choose us, it’s important that you know how to avoid bad-news contractors. Take a look at some tips below to help you spot the warning signs that your contractor might be trouble.

  • If a contractor offers a discount for paying up-front and in cash, go elsewhere. This is often a sign that the contractor is working outside the law, without the necessary permits and licenses. It also means the contractor can leave town with your money at any point.
  • Allowing an unlicensed contractor to work on your home could result in liability for injury to a third party.
  • Some contractors will offer great deals on “leftover” materials from a previous project. An experienced, professional home contractor like Bordner carefully calculates how much material to buy, and subsequently has nothing more than scraps left over in most cases. The contractor offering you a great deal on leftovers may be selling stolen materials, or they could be ungraded and result in your home not meeting local building code requirements.

If you would like more information, check out our page about avoiding home improvement scams. You’ll also find a helpful checklist of questions to ask a contractor before you hire them.
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