Contractor Fraud Protection Tips

contractor fraud protectionThe doldrums of winter are fast approaching. Soon the Christmas lights will come down, the credit card bills will arrive, and the weather outside will be frightful – and not in a Christmas-carol-romanticized kind of way. Although you may be mired in the post-holiday blues, it’s never too early to start thinking about spring. Spring is also the time to start thinking about those remodeling projects you’ve been putting off. And when it’s time to remodel, it’s time to find a contractor. Yikes!

Nearly 70% of Americans have personally had a horrific experience when dealing with a contractor. Why is this so? Sadly, many homeowners will choose a contractor based solely on the name of the company. Some will choose based upon the contractor’s location (as if the company’s PO Box address somehow dictates their quality of work). Still others blindly choose based on referrals from family and friends. We know lots of homeowners that fall into the 70% of Americans who have had a horrible experience with a contractor even though they were a referral from a trusted friend or family member. Unfortunately this is usually due to a recent change with the contractor who once was once doing good work. Perhaps one of the partners leaves the business and that partner was the one monitoring the quality of the work.

“But I made sure to do my homework,” you might be thinking. “I looked in the Better Business Bureau and didn’t discover any entries.” Well, this could simply be because the contractor hasn’t had his license for a long period of time yet, or the contractor closed the business and then re-opened the business under another name – it doesn’t mean his work is legit.

Whether it’s a referral, a catchy company name, or zip code that the contractor resides in, homeowners are still susceptible to fraud – and surprisingly shocked when it happens. No matter how much research you do, in the end you’re still taking a wild shot in the dark. And the main reason homeowners get scammed is because they don’t have protection.

If you’re a homeowner looking to start a remodeling project, you don’t have to spend countless hours and sleepless nights trying to find the perfect contractor. HomeProHub does this for you by removing the burden of finding a reliable contractor while protecting you from fraud at all times. All our contractors are highly screened before they are admitted into the network. We also go the extra mile by including a service guarantee on top of this vetting process – just to be safe. Additionally, if a contractor gets out of line or doesn’t fulfill his promises to you, HomeProHub has the ability to kick him out of the network and connect you with someone else to get the job done right.

Over and over again, we hear the same refrain from homeowners: “I did so much research and talked to so many different contractors to make sure I had all my bases covered. And still I was taken advantage of.” Even if you did have the time to turn over every leaf to attain mountains and mountains of information, there may be critical info you don’t have access to. HomeProHub does have this access, however, because they do all the background checks, meet the crews, and personally talk to each and every contractor. We are also able to monitor the contractors in our network in real-time. This way you know that the contractor working on your home is doing good work today and not just 5 years ago or even 5 weeks ago. It’s our way of ensuring your project can be completed on time and that it focuses on your specific needs.


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