Are you ready to remodel your kitchen, build an addition or make energy-saving improvements? You’re not alone. Millions of homeowners are gearing up for home improvement projects. In fact, between 2009 and 2011, 43.7 million homeowners made improvements to their homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
If you’re not handy with a hammer, you’ll probably need to call in some professional help. When you’re ready to get a few quotes from contractors, you’ll want to do your homework. Vetting a contractor is time consuming, but necessary. The most recent statistics compiled by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) show 6,000 complaints filed against general contractors in 2011; an 11 percent increase from the previous year.
To make sure you find the right contractor, we’ve compiled some phrases that should serve as warning signs. If a contractor says any of these comments, it’s in your best interest to keep looking. Here’s a list of red-flag comments: