Selecting a repair contractor:
Get it done - All in One Shot!


If you have found someone to take care of numerous home maintenance and repair tasks, ask him or her which contractors you should approach when major repairs are needed.

Warning signs:

  • You can’t verify the name, address, and telephone number of the contractor’s business.
  • A salesperson approaches you door-to-door or by phone and tries to pressure you into signing a contract through scare tactics, threats, or intimidation.
  • A company or salesperson says your home will be used for advertising purposes – as a model job or show home – and that their sign will be displayed – all in return for you receiving a “cut-rate discount” on services rendered.
  • A contractor tells you it is a special price available “Only if you sign the contract TODAY.”
  • The contractor does not follow through on your request for references.
  • You are unable to verify that the contractor has adequate insurance coverage.
  • You are asked to pay for the entire job in advance, or to pay cash to a sales person instead of a check or money order to the company itself.

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