At Purgula, we can never over emphasize the importance of proper planning and researching before signing a renovation contract. That said, we also realize that there may never be sufficient time to plan every aspect of a home improvement project thoroughly. Here are some tips to help you quickly identify if you may be considering a less-than-stellar contractor. If you encounter a few of these signs, you should feel confident in walking away. If you are unsure, another safe tactic is to test the prospective contractor with a smaller project first.

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Signs of a Bad Contractor Before You Sign a Contract:

  • A Large Down Payment is Requested
  • Licensing Information is not Immediately Available
  • Years Operating as a Business is Minimal
  • Contractor Refuses to Share Subcontractor Information
  • Contractors has a Suspiciously High Percentage of 5-Star Ratings
  • Contractor Can Start Immediately
  • Contractor is a Poor Listener
  • Contractor Pushes You to Sign a Contract
Signs of a Bad Renovation Contractor

How to identify a bad contractor before signing a renovation contract.