It takes effort to get the services of trustworthy Atlanta general contractors, even moreso after natural disasters. When natural calamities strike, scammers seeking to take advantage of the devastation come out and trick the unsuspecting into paying for inadequate (and sometimes nonexistent) services. My Fox Atlanta thus provides a few tips to separate the genuine from the fake.
The first tip is to make sure that your chosen contractor is licensed with the state. This alone does not guarantee you great service, but it’s a good place to start. Here are a few of the other tips presented:
- • Call the Division of Consumer Affairs to learn whether the contractor is registered, and whether the contractor has been the subject of any consumer complaints.
- • Demand a copy of the contractor’s liability insurance policy. Call the insurer to make sure the policy is still valid.
- • Demand a written contract. Don’t sign or pay for anything unless you understand and agree to all of the terms and conditions, including the fine print. Be sure to carefully review the list of materials that will be used.
Never pay the full price up-front.
- • Demand ID from anyone who claims to be from a utility company and wishes to inspect your home.
- • Never give your credit card number to strangers over the phone or Internet.
It’s not just in the wake of disaster that you would find yourself in need of the services of general contractors in Atlanta, GA. Looking for quality work is crucial because it is not just a matter of aesthetics at stake but also a matter of safety against future calamities. You should go beyond just avoiding scams; you should make sure that the contractor you find is experienced and is fully committed to help you.
When choosing a contractor, check whether there are previous complaints against them, especially with the Better Business Bureau. Look for membership in reputable organizations that would hint at a contractor’s professionalism and expertise. Lastly, research on past clients’ feedback, because who better to rate a company than its previous customers?
With five generations of experience helping people build homes, 5th Generation Contracting is just one example of a company you can trust. It’ll be a good idea to seek such companies out before the next Hurricane Sandy comes calling.
(Info from How to Avoid Post-Storm Contractor Scams, Fox Atlanta, November 16, 2012)