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A Smart Consumer Recognizes The Tell Tale Signs Of A Cowboy Builder

By Jonathan Redworth

Professional contractors are everywhere, and can provide quality results for any project. Knowing where to find the right company for the job is not always easy with so many choices available, but recognizing the tell tale signs of a cowboy builder can help rule out those that may not provide the quality and professionalism required.

Good contractors are extremely busy and do not need to make cold calls to solicit customers. They can be booked months or even years ahead of time, and the reason for this is they they do quality work. They are in demand. A cowboy builder is probably always looking for work and willing to pick up any job immediately.

Ask several contractors for a quote on the work that needs to be done. Any building project is going to be expensive, and when dealing with reputable companies, the quotes should all be in the same price range. When a quotation appears too low, it can be a bad sign that the builder is a fly by night company and should never be chosen for the job.

Ask for references from any companies that are being considered for the job. Great builders may even provide them without being asked, but they should always be available. A cowboy builder may not want to reveal jobs they have done as they may not be quality work. If there are no references available, avoid hiring.

Any contractor with a good work ethic will be willing to out the entire job in writing and place a guarantee on the work. This will help to protect both parties in case there are issues, and can help sort out problems if they arise. It should state what will be done, and perhaps a time line for finishing the project.

There should never be an expectation of payment up front or in full. A builder that deals only is cash should be taken as a warning sign as well. Many builders will set up a payment schedule to allow for payments to be made throughout the ob. This allows them to pay workers and purchase supplies. A paper trail can be established with cheques or credit card payments, and this is important.

Carefully research any builder before agreeing to anything. It can mean the difference between a great job or a poor one. Watching for the tell tale signs of a cowboy builder can help to ensure that the builder does a great job and that the results are what were expected.

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Redworth, Jonathan "A Smart Consumer Recognizes The Tell Tale Signs Of A Cowboy Builder." A Smart Consumer Recognizes The Tell Tale Signs Of A Cowboy Builder. 7 Oct. 2010. 14 Aug 2014 <>.

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