When warm weather is coming out, often times scammers do too. It is important to know that Navasota Valley Electric Cooperative will not ever send anyone to your home looking for needed work. When spring arrives you receive plenty of telephone calls, uninvited visitors looking for work, door hangers offering help such as landscaping, roofing, painting and home-repair services. It is important to be aware that many of them will scam you so your smartest choice would be to say no to all of them. Your house is important to you so you need to know who is working on it. It would be a smart decision to visit the www.tdlr.state.tx.us (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation) or join a contractor referral network that recommends only contractors who are licensed, insured, bonded and experienced.
There are a few more things to look out for:
Be wary of contractors with out-of-state license plates or detachable, magnetic company signs on their vehichles. When you see this it is important to know that these may not be legitimate contractors. There is a large chance these are “travelers” who move from state to state following warm weather. These people are employed by themselves as home-improvement contractors. Working with this type of “contractor” is a complete mistake because they are very rarely licensed in your state and if you discover a problem with the work they have done, they will be out of the picture before you can talk to them.
Get bids from atleast three companies before you start your home improvement process. If you find that one of the offers is extremely lower than the other two than there is probably a reason. Look for a deal but do not go with a price just because it is extremely low because it will probably show through in your home improvement job.
It is a good idea to find a contractor you can trust. There may be many contractors looking to scam you but believe it or not, there are some contractors who are looking to help you! When you find a contractor you trust set up a payment plan. It is not a good idea to pay all at the beginning or to pay all at the end. Spreading out the payment for the contractor is the best way to keep the entire deal steady and fair.
Hiring contractors are never expensive so be sure not to waste your money on one who is not licensed or legitimate.