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Which red flags signal an untrustworthy contractor?

Whether you're planning a home addition or looking towards the construction of a brand new home, you must choose a trustworthy and competent contractor. Failure to do so can cost you exorbitant amounts of money while also preventing work from being done to your complete satisfaction. To ensure you're completely happy with the finished project, Urbo.com recommends looking out for the following red flags when speaking with contractors about your construction needs. 

While it seems relatively simple, consider how a contractor addresses you when you have questions. Some building topics can be challenging for a layperson to understand completely, so it's natural that you'd want to seek clarification on these subjects. Does the contractor offer clear and concise answers that provide knowledge and satisfy your questions? Are they willing to work with you to expand your understanding at the beginning of a project? If not, consider this a major red flag. Also, keep in mind that the situation is bound to grow worse as the project goes on.

In the same token, does the contractor respond quickly to your calls and queries? Do you have proper contact information to reach out in case there is an issue? Be wary of companies that only offer a PO box for correspondence and a single phone number to call. The contractor should make it as easy as possible for you to get in touch, either by phone, email, or text. 

Finally, only work with builders who are properly licensed and bonded. Construction insurance prevents you from assuming liability in the event that another person is injured on your property. It also ensures that the proper steps can be taken if you're dissatisfied with the finished product. Make sure the contractor shows proof of insurance at the outset, or before work begins at the latest. 

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