Months back, we shared 4 important red flags to be on the lookout for when your company is choosing a general contractor for construction or renovation. However, in an industry with thousands of contractor options, there are dozens of red flags you need to know about. We’ve put together a list of 4 more crucial red flags to look out for.
They Use High-Pressure Tactics
There are numerous ways that contractors put pressure on potential clients to gain business. This could be a last chance low rate, an “act now” promotion, or even emphasizing the challenge of their availability. If you feel like a contractor is putting unnecessary pressure on you or your team to get a contract signed, this should give you reason to hesitate.
They’re Poor Communicators
During the course of a project, good communication arguably becomes the most important trait a contractor can have. If a contractor struggles to return your calls or emails, struggles to be on time for meetings, or exhibits any other poor communication skills, they’re likely not going to be a good option for your project.
They Require Cash Payments
Contractors who request or even require cash payments should send up an automatic red flag for you and your team. There are multiple reasons for this, including potential shady business dealings, credit problems, and more. Most importantly, without the paper trail that comes with check or credit card payments, should any dispute arise, you’re going to face an uphill battle.
The Deal Sounds Too Good to Be True
This old concept can be applied to virtually any aspect of life or business. However, when it comes to a major construction project with thousands or even millions of dollars on the line, gambling on a deal that sounds too good to be true is just not worth the risk. This often indicates an inexperienced or dishonest contractor that should be avoided.