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How To Avoid Construction Scams

June 26, 2012, 7:27 AM by Kellee Azar

How To Avoid Construction Scams

When it comes to letting someone into your home, or even building your home, you hope to hire the best person for the job. Unfortunately that doesn't always happen, but there are ways to protect yourself. 

It's something many of us have heard: stories of construction workers not doing their job or not even showing up for work. And for many, it causes more of a headache than it has to.

When it comes to getting work done on your house or even building a new one, picking a contractor can be the most difficult part.

"There are people that are out there trying to...that are interested in not so much you, but the money they can make off of you," Chris Clark said.

Clark is in the process of having a home built and for him, finding a builder was a lengthy process.

"In a matter of a year, we went to a Spring Parade of Homes, a Fall Parade of Homes and then another Spring Parade of Homes.  Through that process, we recognized a builder that we identified with when it came to style," Clark said.

While there are many construction workers out there who are willing to get the job done, there are also some that homeowners need to be cautious of.  And for that, the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire has some tips.

"I think in doing a little homework also helps a lot of different things.  Ask for a builder's references.  If they have been around for a while and they are very reputable, first of all, they are probably apart of the Home Builders Association," Chuck Wiseman said.

For the construction workers who are working hard to build their names, the ones in it for the wrong reasons can bring everyone down with them.

"It's very disappointing for those of us who are out here trying to keep a good reputation and often a great product and then somebody comes in and beats you up in price because they aren't going to do a great product," Wiseman said.

In order to separate the good from the bad, sometimes it comes down to word of mouth.

"Of course references and good referrals.  If your neighbors used them and they did a good job for them, they are probably okay," Wiseman said.

If you would like more information on how to protect yourself and check on local area construction workers, check out the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire website.

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