Know your contractor and check references
Everything I have lived through has taught me one thing about human nature; a person’s character counts for everything in this world. I have found that when dealing with other businesses, the man or woman leading the company will have a strong influence on the general character of the rest of the company. From its policies to the attitude of it’s employees, the company will reflect that leader’s values and spirit.
For this simple reason I recommend this… Only do business with those with good reputations with their customers. A few referrals if possible. The easiest way to accomplish this is the Better Business Bureau. Any company ripping their customers off will not be an accredited business. Simple.
If the BBB is not an option, simply ask that business owner for three customer referrals. That’s not unreasonable is it? Any experienced contractor will understand that the trades industry does not have the best reputation and a few credentials are normal. If they are not so forthcoming with references, simply move on to another company. There’s dozens, if not hundreds of good ones to choose from.
1-Call makes it a policy to provide at least six customer referrals with every proposal estimate. You can also find us at the BBB.