16 May

Red Flags To Look Out For When Hiring A Builder

Though most builders are highly regarded, hard-working tradesmen, there are a few red flags to look out for that may tip you off to a builder who is dishonest or badly skilled. 

Do your research before you commit to hiring and look out for any of the red flags we list in this article.

Red flags to look out for when hiring a builder_

The contractor requests a large payment upfront

While it is common to request some of the payment upfront, a builder that requests a significant amount may be untrustworthy. You shouldn’t guarantee payment before they have started any of the work, as this may act as a disincentive. You might find yourself out of luck later down the line when the builder has done a shoddy job.

The contract is vague or non-existent

The contract is there to prevent you from being swindled and to ensure that a fair payment is exchanged for a fair quality of work. A builder that offers a vague or non-existent contract is either incompetent or dishonest or both. You should read the contract thoroughly before agreeing to the job.

The builder has bad or no reviews

Reviews are one of the only ways to judge a builder’s competence and skill. Reviews will give you an indication of the contractor’s quality of work and their character. We’re all human — so one or two bad reviews may be forgivable, but you should stay away from anyone with a significant amount of them.

Can’t verify references

Another way to judge the quality of your builder is to check their references. If they are unable to verify references, you may want to hold off. Either they have too little experience to have obtained any references or any of the references they do have will come back negative.

Price is too good to be true

We all like bargains, but it’s important to remember the rule: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A builder that charges very little is more likely to deliver lower quality in their standard of work, which could ultimately end up costing you more down the line.

The builder does not have insurance

While public liability insurance isn’t required by law, we highly recommend choosing a builder that has it. Public Liability Insurance covers third-party injuries, death and accidental damage to third-party equipment. 

Pressured to sign a contract

Never sign a contract if you feel you are being pressured into doing so. The builder should allow you to read the contract in your own time and come to a decision that works best for you. 

The builder seems under the influence

It’s never okay if your contractor seems like he may be drunk on the job. Check for slurred speech or problems walking straight. While everyone is entitled to have a drink in their own time, it is extremely unsafe and unprofessional for anyone to be undergoing construction work in your home when not completely sober.

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