We had a question from a consumer the other day: “How can I be sure I’m hiring a legitimate, trustable contractor to renovate my home?” There are many legitimate contractors and businesses out there. Here are some tips to help you make an informed decision when hiring someone.
1. Ask trusted friends and family.
Start with those closest to you and ask about their experiences. Do they have a recommendation? How was the quality of work? Did the project come in on budget and on time?
2. Research the company.
Spend some time researching the company to find out what other people are saying. Check out online reviews and find out from other organizations or associations if the company is in good standing.
3. Shop around.
You may want to request quotes from several companies. The lowest estimate may not be the best deal – look closely at what each contractor is offering, and don’t be afraid to ask for explanations of the price discrepancies.
4. Become familiar with BC’s contract law.
Depending on how you enter into the contract, your written agreement with the contractor may be considered a future performance or a direct sales contract. Both of these types of contracts are regulated by our office, and you may have cancellation rights under certain circumstances.
5. Know how to recognize a scam.
One of the most common signs of a scam is the use of high-pressure sales tactics. Always take all the time you need to make an informed decision. Finally, trust your gut: if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Do you have a tip? We’d love to hear it!