Knowing what to look out for in a Des Moines contractor can sometimes be just as important.
You’re on the hunt for a window contractor that you can trust with your home. There are many to choose from in des Moines, but not every choice is right for you. If you’ve never had windows installed or replaced before, how can you know what to look for in your contractor — or, perhaps as important, what to look out for? It’s good to do your research and know the things that indicate a good window contractor, as well as the red flags that signal a poor window contractor. In fact, even after you’ve hired a contractor, you may come across some warning signs in their work. Here are a few that you’ll want to watch out for:
Poor Reviews or Lack of Referrals
A contractor’s past work is their best advertisement. If they’ve left satisfied clients in the past, those clients may be happy to give a referral, which you can request when interviewing the contractor. At the very least, they’re likely to have left a good review. If you’re struggling to find good reviews for a contractor or they’re hesitant to give out referrals upon request, that’s a big red flag. And don’t just trust the reviews on their website, as they’ll only post the most glowing reviews there. Check social media, Yahoo, Angie’s List, Google, or Better Business Bureau. If a contractor has reviews disabled on their social media, that may also be a bad sign.
Slow or Lacking Communication
The last thing you want is to feel like you’re not informed when it comes to your own window installation or replacement. Your contractor should be prompt in communicating with you and transparent about the materials they use, when they’ve ordered supplies, and how long they think a particular project should take. If there are any reasons for delay, they should be upfront about those as well. Be wary of your contractor’s communication skills from the beginning, from the quote to questions about references or any questions about the project you might have, to the way they communicate with you once the project begins. If they’re not keeping you in the loop, they’re not worth the time.
Defaulting on the Contract
When you hire a contractor, you both sign a contract — thus the name. You both have obligations and expectations. You have to pay your contractor the agreed upon amount at the agreed upon times, but your contractor also has their part to uphold: putting in the work, keeping you informed of any delays, and any other responsibilities listed. It’s just as important, if not more so, for your contractor to uphold their end of the contract. If they’re failing to follow through, or they’re dragging their feet to do so, they’re not a contractor you can trust with anything much less your own home.
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