What to look for in a contractor: The Real Deal

Published 05/14 2014 02:33PM

Updated 05/14 2014 06:43PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – It’s spring in Central New York and many homeowners may be thinking about home improvements - but you’ll want to be careful when it comes to finding a contractor.

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

If there’s something you want to know The Real Deal about, call the Your Stories team at (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@LocalSYR.com.

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