Is it time to hire a contractor? We’ve put together 8 helpful signs you’re about to hire a bad contractor, along with tips to help you make sure your contractor is licensed and insured and will provide you with the utmost quality service.
1. You don’t verify they have insurance
This is so important! Always verify that the contractor you hire has insurance. Why? If something goes wrong, you could be the one that gets burned. Did you know a homeowner can be sued if a contractor is hurt while on the homeowner’s property? This can happen if a contractor does not have workers compensation for themselves or any subcontractors they hire. You may find that these contractors cost less to hire because they choose to not pay workers compensation, general liability, or property insurance premiums. However, if you end up sued (or a claim is filed on your homeowner’s policy), the total cost to you results in much higher than it would’ve been to hire an insured contractor. When you hire a contractor, who does not have proper insurance coverage, you are assuming the risks for their work mistakes and any injuries that may occur at your home.
2. They don’t have a license
If they don’t have a license, it’s simple. They’re illegally working for you. Licenses are required for three main purposes: to identify your business and make sure you are accountable for your actions. To protect the public health and safety. To keep track of your finances for tax purposes. Again, these contractors may be cheaper to work with, but they’re likely not paying any taxes either.
3. Their status isn’t in good standing
According to uslegal.com, a member in good standing is defined by: “Member in good standing is the status assigned to a member of an organization when he or she has remained current on organization dues and payments. Staying current with filing of required periodical reports such as registration, license and tax is also generally a criterion for a member to be in good standing”. As you can see, it is shady business hiring a contractor not in good standing.
4. They use high-pressure sales tactics
Nobody should hire a contractor that uses high-pressure sales tactics. If you’re not comfortable with your contractor, choose to hire another one. Contractors should educate their clients on reasons why their items need repair, maintenance, or replacement, but when it becomes too pushy this is when its time to move onto the next.
5. The contractor is new to the biz
This does not automatically mean they’re a bad hire. However, review the above tips to ensure who you’re hiring is legit. Ask for customer references as well so you can call others and see if they’re right for you. Or, seek out popular online review companies such as Google reviews, Yelp reviews, or Facebook reviews.
6. You’re being dismissed
Do not hire a contractor who ignores you or your needs.
7. You pick the cheapest contractor
If they’re the cheapest by far, make sure they’re licensed and insured. Also, contractors are not one of the purchases where “cheaper is better”. We highly recommend looking at previous work, consenting referrals or reviews.
8. You don’t follow up on referrals or online reviews
Don’t skip customer referrals or reviews. They provide key information that you would want to know before you choose to hire that contractor. Both good things and not so good things.
At PECO Air, our expertise, promptness, and customer service make us the best choice for heating, cooling, and electrical needs. Whether you need a diagnostic, repairs, or installation, you can rely on our experienced team. We stand by our work and offer a 1-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs. Contact our licensed and insured company today to set up an appointment at (864)-639-2424.