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The word “contractor” can often conjure up bad feelings. Contractors can have a reputation for being less than trustworthy, dragging out projects, having “un-forseen costs” and not delivering what they promised. When it comes to contractors and handymen, there are some things you can be on the lookout for.

1. The Solicitor – These contractors are often ones that show up at your house, claiming to be doing work in your neighborhood. You don’t seek out their services, rather they solicit you. They’ll rattle off a list of things they can help you with and give you a great “deal” because they are already in the neighborhood doing work. These scam artists thrive on having you in the moment. You can’t check out their website, browse their reviews or see if they are legitimate licensed and registered businesses. Its a “one time only offer” and you have to decide right then and there if you’ll hire them to do the work. Don’t let this fool you! Do your research. If they are reputable, they will come back after you’ve had time to check them out.

2. The High Roller – This is another scam that contractors use to get you to feel like you’ve hired a professional. They will charge astronomical prices and tell you how busy they are. This ploy is to make you feel like you are getting the best of the best and to not ruffle feathers. Afterall if they are so busy and charging so much then they really must be good, right? Wrong. Be weary of contractors who claim to have booked schedules but can work you in in a day or two. They are most likely not busy, and not good at what they do. They will overcharge and under deliver. A higher price tag does NOT always mean superior work. Keep that in mind.

At the end of the day, you need a contractor or handyman who is upfront and reliable. Someone who is transparent about what they will do, the price and the expected outcome. Upfront Handyman Services is a licensed and registered business with experience in all things relating to home repairs. Give us a call today at 817-310-8900 and lets chat through your project. We also offer free, no pressure, upfront estimates. You can also visit us online at www.upfronthandyman.com to see why some of our customers love us.