Today’s homeowner has seen plenty of news stories about people who have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors. Many of these stories emerge after tragedies or natural disasters. Unfortunately, there are people in the world who survive by preying on those in need of help. If you have seen any of these stories, you should understand why it is a good idea to run a background check before hiring a contractor.

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Following some rules of thumb before hiring any contractor will eliminate the need to run background checks before hiring anyone. The most important of these is that you should never hire someone who comes to your door or calls you on the phone offering their services, particularly after a natural disaster.  A second rule of thumb worth remembering is that it is not wise to hire any contractor who is from out of state or who does not have a state contractor’s license. 

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You will learn a great deal about any contractor you interview from the individual’s record and reputation in the community. Beyond these rules of thumb, however, there are several reasons why you should run a background check before hiring a contractor to work in your home.

1.  You are making a significant investment in your home. Your home is probably your most important asset. You are hiring someone to manage a remodel, renovation or addition to your home. A background check will tell you if the contractor you are interviewing has a criminal record or a history of mismanagement of money. 

2.  You are relying on the judgment of the contractor you hire to select subcontractors and workers for your project.  You need a certain level of confidence that the contractor you hire will choose reliable business people with the right skills and abilities to work in your home. You are also relying on the judgment of the contractor to assure you that the materials used in the project are of the quality you specified and that the work will also meet a specified level of quality. You need to be comfortable that the contractor will not sacrifice quality to make extra money on the job.

3.  You need to be confident and comfortable that the contractor you hire can be trusted in your RemodelOrMove.com: Contractor Selection Workbookhome.  You will want to be confident that the contractor you hire does not have a history of stealing from homeowners. A background check will alert you to any potential problems before you make a hiring decision.

4.  Some contractors place a mechanical lien on the property to ensure that they are paid by the homeowner.  You need to be comfortable that the contractor you hire will not place a lien and then “forget” to remove it. You don’t want to risk being sued years down the road for failure to pay for your project.

5.  Probably most important, you need to be sure you feel safe having the contractor you hire in your home and around your family. You need to be confident that your family will be safe. You also need to trust the character and judgment of your contractor in selecting subcontractors and workers who will not endanger your family in any way.

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Running a background check today is relatively easy, inexpensive and reliable. The safety of your family and the assurance that your investment in your home is safe are the best reasons why you should run a background check before you hire a contractor.

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