In the UK, the term ‘cowboy builder’ refers to small contractors who get jobs by offering what seems like a good deal, but end up deceiving their clients in the end, one way or another. Cowboy builders are equally dangerous to homeowners in the US, and it pays to recognize one early on. In this post, trusted remodeling contractor Advantage Contracting discusses the signs that you’re dealing with a cowboy builder.
A lack of paperwork, most notably a contract, means the contractor’s liability and responsibility to stick to what you discussed is low. So if he ends up doing a poor job with your remodel, you may be in trouble because you won’t have paperwork to prove that you had any kind of agreement with your remodeler.
They May Call You Only Once If Ever
The cowboy builder is no stranger to cold calls and will probably be the one to sell their services to you unsolicited. But unlike legitimate bathroom remodeling contractors, they won’t stay after the job is done. If you end with a bad remodeling job, there will be no accountability because you can’t reach the cowboy builder for follow-ups.
Not Very Professional
Cowboy builders often don’t have a very good work process, which means their handiwork is shoddy and unreliable. A lack of care regarding personal safety is also very noticeable, especially if you’re used to the kind of service more professional crews provide.
It’s All About the Money
Cowboy builders may ask you to pay for the entire job upfront, citing a variety of issues and the provision of materials as a reason. Agreeing to this means giving them very little reason to complete the job, so it’s best to take your business elsewhere if they ask for full payment from the very start.
Turn to Advantage Contracting for skilled and completely accountable kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractors. We’ll work with you every step of the remodeling process to ensure complete satisfaction. Give us a call at (976) 696-0333 or fill out our contact form to set a consultation. We serve clients in Wayne, Kinnelon, and Wycoff, NJ.