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What should I look out for when hiring a contractor?

When having work performed on your Los Angeles home, you must choose a contractor wisely. Making the wrong choice can cost you money as well as time. It can also lead to an extended legal dispute if contractual obligations are not met. Fortunately, being choosey about a contractor can prevent these occurrences from happening. Reader's Digest recommends looking out for the following red flags when selecting a contractor. 

Your concerns are dismissed

Even if a client is unnecessarily concerned about an issue, it's up to the contractor to make the homeowner feel at ease. When a contractor is dismissive of your concerns or doesn't really listen, it's usually an indication of what's to come. Communication problems will only be exacerbated by a serious issue, and it's hard to make headway with a person who fails to listen to your needs. You can tell a lot about a contractor during the initial consultation, so if you feel ignored it's best to take your business elsewhere. 

There is no itemized list

Even relatively small renovations require a lot of work. It stands to reason that a homeowner would want to fully understand what's happening and how they're being charged, which is where an itemized listing of services comes into play. If your contractor is reluctant to provide this, or fully explain why you're being charged what you are, take it as a huge red flag. In the same token, never sign a contract that is too vague or leaves out important factors.

You must provide a huge deposit

While your contractor will need some money to get started, especially when it comes to material costs, requests for a deposit greater than 30% of the total is a bad sign. A good contractor should have the cash flow to cover the costs until the end of the project. In the very least, he or she should be able to explain larger than normal requests so clients feel at ease. If a contractor mismanages money, it's just as likely that the entire project will be handled poorly. 

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