A contractor who makes unsolicited phone calls or visits. Be especially wary of people who offer a bargain price, claiming that they’re doing a job in the neighborhood and have leftover materials.
A contractor whose address can’t be verified, who uses only a post office box, or who has only an answering service and no separate listing in the telephone book.
A contractor who isn’t affiliated with any recognized trade association.
License or insurance information you can’t verify.
A contractor who can’t (or won’t) provide references for similar jobs in your area.
The promise of a hefty discount—but no mention of the total cost of the job.
High-pressure sales tactics or threats to rescind a special price if you don’t sign on the spot.
A contractor who tries to scare you into signing a contract by claiming that your house puts you at peril