Warning Signs that You Picked the Wrong Builder

Have you ever made a decision and then immediately had second thoughts? Has buyer’s remorse creeped into your consciousness from time time, particularly while in the midst of the holiday shopping season?

We all have, of course. But it’s one thing to have second thoughts about buying a $99 video game for young Johnny, it’s quite another to have doubts about one of the biggest purchases of your life.

Whether choosing someone to build your home or your business, it can be a daunting process selecting just the right person or company for the job.

And if there are lingering doubts, that’s not a good way to start any relationship.

So today, we’re going to give you a few warning signs to look out for when hiring a contractor to construct your home or business. Check out our tips below and be sure to let us know what you think…

  • They seem too good to be true. You’ve heard this old adage before, of course, but it rings as true today as it ever has. If the lowest bid is just simply too low, be sure to ask a lot of questions before signing on the dotted line. Why is their bid so much lower than the others? How were they able to come in at that price? The bottom line is – if it seems too good to be true, it likely is. So it’s a good time to move on.
  • They won’t provide references. Any construction company who’s been in business for a few years can certainly provide you with happy customers and some warm and fuzzy comments. If they can’t, either their clients aren’t happy or they’re trying to hide mistakes that were made in the past. Or maybe both.
  • They ask for a larger than normal deposit up front. This is a serious red flag and could signal a scam. Any reputable construction company, like us here at Whayland, will set up financial terms that are acceptable to both parties. If you’re being asked to pay a large amount, or maybe the full amount, up front, it’s a good idea to remove yourself from that situation.
  • They can’t provide proof of insurance. If the contractor you’re hoping to hire can’t provide you with proof of his insurance, it’s best not to enter into an agreement with him/them. It’s good to avoid any potential litigious situations, and hiring a company without proper insurance is never a good idea.
  • They don’t belong to any professional associations. If your contractor has been in business for any length of time, they should certainly belong to some professional associations, at the local, state and/or federal levels. They’re hopefully also a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. If you’re not sure, do your homework before entering into any type of legal agreement.

For this and many other reasons, it’s always a good idea to work with a company you can trust, an outfit that’s been active in the local community and is well known for providing quality work at a reasonable price (yes, like Whayland).

Give us a call today at 302-875-5445 and see what we can do for you and your dreams.

Have a great day everyone!

100 West 10th Street
Laurel, DE 19956

Office: 302.875.5445
Fax: 302.875.5581