Whether it’s a home renovation, remodel, or construction, it can often involve a contractor. If authorities receive complaints against contractors for unethical practices, it can victimize unsuspecting homeowners. These incidents could cause homeowners more trouble and costs than they initially prepared for the project.
Property owners could avoid falling prey to these incidents by taking vital steps when choosing contractors for their projects. These steps may include:
- Request multiple estimates or bids from various sources. Doing so could provide a valuable resource when asking an insurance company to evaluate potential damages that might receive coverage under the existing policy.
- Beware of too-good-to-be-true deals. Legitimate contractors provide potential clients time and space to navigate options. Overpromising and high-pressure sales strategies could be red flags.
- Research and learn about the selection before putting down a deposit. Check local registries and contact their references to determine their credibility.
- Confirm the contractor’s license and insurance information. Some projects require prior documentation from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. These businesses must have proper credentials and insurance to perform specific work legitimately.
- Read any agreements thoroughly and address any vague statements. Also, look for right-to-cancel clauses and timeline requirements often included in the contract.
- Monitor the contractor’s activities, especially concerning liens placed on the property. Suppliers or subcontractors might do so based on the project’s necessities. Some contractors might leave them unpaid, compromising the property’s title.
Additionally, owners could actively oversee the project to ensure the services meet quality expectations.
Dealing with unethical contractors
There are many ways for a contractor to take advantage of trusting home or property owners, leaving projects uncompleted or ridden with subpar output. If any issues arise, owners could report these contractors by contacting the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Doing so could help property owners address potential violations committed by their contractors and take legal action if needed.