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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 2 months ago

How can I make sure the contractor actually does the work and doesn’t take the money and run ?

12 Answers

  • 2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured (also great if they have been doing business in the area 5 years or more).  If its a really large job (5k-10k or more) then you set up a payment schedule. They could still take the first payment and run but at least you are out only a piece of the cost, but if they are licensed, bonded and insured then its highly unlikely they would take the money in run.

  • L
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Be there ALL of the time.

  • 2 months ago

    Check his reputation, years in the business and don't pay him in advance, except for materials.

  • 2 months ago

    Are they bonded.

    Do you have a written contract. 

    What's their rating on the BBB?

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You don't pay all the money up front, but pay in stages and wait until the work is completed before you pay the final amount

  • 2 months ago

    Make sure that they are licensed. 

    Make sure that they have good reviews or recommendations from friends and neighbors.Make sure you have a signed contract with them.

  • 2 months ago

    A contract of course.

  • 2 months ago

    Have a good contract, with very clear expectations for everything (budget, workmanship, dates, what's covered & required etc)

  • 2 months ago

    Make sure they are bonded and licensed

  • 2 months ago

    Ask people in your neighborhood for the name of their contractors 

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