6 Signs Of An Unprofessional Contractor

It’s important that you hire the right general contractor to work on your property. In the world of general contracting you will come across many professional and unprofessional contractors. Professional contractors are usually very particular about their licenses, insurance, experience, skills, and integrity. On the other hand, unprofessional contractors will try to avoid additional work and might try to convince you that you don’t need a permit. They might also lack the desired experience.

Hence, working with the right contractor is crucial to every real estate investor’s profitability and success. You need to hire professional contractors if you want your construction project to come out perfectly. In this blog post, we talk about some of the signs that you can look for that may indicate that you have hired an unprofessional contractor.

Here are 6 red flags that can help you identify an unprofessional contractor.

They Have Bad Reviews

The first thing you should do before hiring any contractor is read the reviews of their past customers on their site. If they have bad reviews and customer feedback then they are not the right contractor for the job. Checking thier reviews on their facebook pages and websites is the easiest way to find out if they are good or bad contractors.

Moreover, if they have turned off commenting or reviews on their social media pages and website, it could indicate that they were getting bad reviews.

They Lack Experience

One of the most important qualities to look for in a contractor is experience. If the contractor is new to the business, then he might lack the necessary experience and skills for the job. Always go for contractors who have experience in the field. They are more likely to have all the skills needed to do a perfect job.

They Have No Registration, Licence, And Insurance

The most common sign of an unprofessional contractor is that they don’t have a license, are not registered, and don’t provide insurance. If your contractor does not have a proper license do not allow him to remodel your home or work on your construction project. Always hire a contractor who is legally registered, has a license, and provides insurance coverage.

They Rush The Job

We all love it when the job is done before the due time. But in some cases, it can be a sign of unprofessional and low-quality work. If your contractor is rushing the job and is skipping steps just to complete the job then it is a sign that you have hired an unprofessional contractor. Construction projects sometimes require patience and time to be done perfectly. They are complex jobs and if done in a rush can end up horribly. So, if your contractor is rushing the job you need to halt the project and look for someone new.

They Avoid Witten Agreements

If your contractor is making verbal commitments and is hesitant to sign a contract it could indicate that they are unprofessional. If your contractor is not putting all the things he agreed to into a contract there is a chance that he may not stay true to his word. So, be sure to hire a contractor who is willing to put all the tiny details into a contract.

They Ask For Full Payment

If your contractor asks for full payment upfront you should run in the opposite direction. Professional contractors just ask for a deposit to secure their work and time. Moreover, link their payments with project milestones. Only a bad contractor will ask for a full payment in advance.


It’s hard to find a good contractor but with the aforementioned signs, you will be able to differentiate between a good and bad contractor. At the end of the day when you meet with a contractor listen to your instincts if your gut says no, trust your instincts and find someone new.

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