The Attorney General’s office says it’s important to gather estimates from multiple contractors – and get proof that they have insurance as well as references from previous customers.
They say you should also be aware that New York State law requires a written contract for home improvement work.
The contract should include a timeline for the job, a payment schedule, and as many specifics about the work as possible – they say you should never hire a contractor who isn’t willing to stick to those conditions.
Other red flags include:
- Contractors who sell their services at your door
- Contractors who claim they "just happen to have" leftover materials
- Contractors who pressure you for an immediate decision
- Contractors who accept only cash and demand payment up front
- Contractors who want you to obtain required permits yourself
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