What should you look out for?
Here are the signs of an unprofessional builder or remodeler.
Most people think they're gettig a deal when they find something cheap. If it's too good to be true... it usually is.
Doesn't have license and insurance: All professional home remodelers/builders should be insured and able to show their certificate providing such insurance. A business card with a ROC number is not proof enough - make sure you do your homework and contact the Registrar of Contractors.
Doesn't write contracts: Professional home remodelers/builders have clear contracts that outline the job, process, the cost and helps clarify how problems will be managed. If you don't have a written contract, neither the remodeler/builder nor the home owner are protected when something goes wrong.
Requires cash or payment in full before starting the job: Shady home remodelers/builders demand cash and then run with the money. Many home owners have been stranded by paying in full up front.
Vastly underbids all other contractors: They may have the best price, but that doesn't guarantee the best work. Such contractors may cut costs on quality for your home remodel, which can end up costing more when the home owner has to redo the work.
Cannot provide customer references: Professional home remodelers should have current references they can provide from current and past clients (with contact details).
Poor credit: A bad credit report suggests bad business practices that could harm your remodeling project.
Difficulty contacting the home remodeler: Professionals have a physical office, mailing address, phone and nowdays an e-mail address. They should respond to your queries in a timely manner.