Contractor scams are an unfortunate reality that we are often forced to deal with. The worst part is that these scams can hurt more than just your wallet. There is the time wasted to consider, not to mention the inconveniences that will follow.
If you’re planning a big project this summer, for instance, a residential roof replacement in Vancouver, you need to know how to proceed without falling victim to these scams. Let Crown Residential Roofing show you how:
Scam 1 – Large Upfront Payments
“This job is gonna involve a lot of materials and equipment. I’ll have to ask for at least 30%-50% upfront to get started.”
It’s quite common for contractors to request some up-front payment before starting a job, such as residential roofing in Surrey; it gives them peace of mind that you are serious about the project. That said, the payment should only be a small percentage of the total project cost. If they demand any high amount and you pay them, chances are they will disappear on you or do a sloppy job. They know you can’t fire them since you’ve already made a significant financial commitment.
How to Avoid – Never prepay more than 10% of the total job cost. Make all other payments based on an agreed schedule on reaching certain work-completed milestones.
Scam 2 – Sketchy Contracts
“If anything goes wrong, just call me. You can take my word for it.”
You omit certain details in the contract since you believe you both had a clear understanding albeit verbally. When he doesn’t deliver as promised and you ask why, he tells you the prices are not included in the contract. If you want them, you’ll have to pay for them separately.
How to Avoid – Any detail about the project must be in writing. Do not sign any document unless you have read through and understood its contents, as well as its import.
Scam 3 – Scare Tactics
“Well, these shingles look about ready to fall off. If they land on someone’s head — they’re a goner, which can result in a serious lawsuit.”
How to Avoid – If a contractor tries to scare you into doing business with him, he definitely doesn’t deserve your business. Even if you truly need an urgent roof repair in North Vancouver, an honest roofer will never use gloom and doom to sell his services.
It is worth noting that the vast majority of contractors are honest, hardworking people who take great pride in their work. Like any profession, however, it only takes a few bad apples to give everyone a bad name. Crown Residential Roofing remains your most trusted roofer in British Columbia. We are certified by GAF® and Owens Corning® for your peace of mind.
Call us today at (604) 210-6655 for a free roofing estimate!