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5 WAYS CONTRACTORS CHEAT THEIR CLIENTS! (Don’t Let This Happen!! HOMEOWNERS SHOULD WATCH…)
The construction industry overall is fraught with dishonest practices these days. While many contractors are honest and hardworking, numerous BAD CONTRACTORS have created an industry-wide negative reputation, and this burden comes down on unsuspecting homeowners who can’t always see bad situations coming.
Here are 5 ways contractors cheat their clients. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive, but these are the most common ways that bad contracting situations occur.
1. THE DRAW AND DASH:
A “material draw” is an upfront payment for materials that contractors take as a way to avoid losing out on material purchases should the client back out. They are totally valid. But, dishonest contractors will sometimes take the draw and never do the work!
2. MATERIAL SWAPPING:
In these instances, contractors will draw up an agreement to use one type of material for a job, then actually swap it out with an inferior material, hoping nobody will notice.
4. NEVER-ENDING JOB:
Bad contractors don’t just cheat their clients out of money–they also cheat them out of TIME! Many contractors juggle numerous jobs at once. If they see a chance to earn a better paycheck elsewhere, they may pull resources from your job, thereby dragging it out.
The hardest example to spot–“underbuilding” is a term used to describe any work that simply isn’t up to industry standards. If possible, have a friend with construction experience occasionally glance at your project to make sure that it looks up to par.
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