The last thing that you want to deal with on your construction project is a fraud contractor. Don’t get us wrong—there are more honest and good contractors for sure! However, you still need to be vigilant and know how to spot a contractor that will most probably scam you to get more profit.
That’s why working with reliable and trustworthy contractors is essential. At Townsville Carpenters, we guarantee that all of your needs will be taken care of without being taken advantage of. Our client’s trust matters to us!
Here are four ways to spot a fraud contractor:
Changing the Construction Estimate Cost
This is one of the most common schemes of fraud contractors. This is more common in repair work rather than in new construction. After they give a fair estimate on a repair project, they will realize the issue is more complicated than they originally thought. Thus, they will charge you more than what they proposed.
However, this usually happens because in some cases, contractors won’t determine right away the source of the problem just by looking at it. Sometimes, they need to completely remove the damaged area.
What makes a contractor fraud is they do not inform the clients that the estimate may change once they start the demolition phase of the project. And most of the time, you have no choice but to continue with the project because they already started the demolition.
Here at Townsville Carpenters, we carefully diagnose the problem and inform our clients right away if there may be changes on the estimate once we start the demolition phase.
Overcharging of Materials
If you’re constructing a new home or renovating, you should be familiar with the prices of materials. Some contractors will overcharge you so he could get more profit. To avoid this, you need to know the supplier of your contractor. Ask the supplier directly about the retail and wholesale prices of the materials that will be used in your project. You can also ask for a receipt from the contractor.
Extending the Job
A good contractor will tell you how long the project would take. Although they can’t give an accurate number of days for larger-scale projects, they will still give you a reasonable timeframe to get the job done. The problem arises when your contractor is getting numerous projects done at the same time. If a contractor has landed a larger project with a higher income, they tend to delay your project. At Townsville Carpenters, we are lenient with deadlines. Your time is important to us and we guarantee to finish on schedule.
Swapping Construction Materials
Most contractors guarantee that they only use high-quality materials but some will swap or use cheaper materials without the client knowing it because some materials are hard to distinguish or some are just covered with paint for you to be able to inspect it. Other fraud contractors will make an excuse such as the material is discontinued and will offer a more expensive alternative.