When choosing a contractor for home projects in Texas, exercise caution to avoid potential issues. Follow these tips for a smooth and reliable experience:
- Ensure the contractor is licensed, insured, and reputable.
- Verify their status with online reviews and licensing boards.
Common Consumer Concerns
- Be aware of frequent issues like cost overruns, missed deadlines, and poor workmanship.
- Watch out for contractors who take advance payments and vanish without completing the work.
- Texas law may require licensing for specific projects (e.g., A/C and Heating, Electricians, Plumbers).
- Verify the contractor's license and standing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
- Different trades, such as plumbing, have their own regulatory boards. Check with the relevant board for additional information.
- Always use a written contract detailing project specifics, including names, addresses, and phone numbers.
- Ensure the agreement covers the work description, materials, start and completion dates, cleanup, and payment schedule.
- Avoid contracts with blanks and never pay the full cost upfront.
- Restrict upfront payments on remodeling projects to one-third of the total cost.
- Withhold the final payment until the project is completed as per the contract.
- Confirm payments to suppliers, employees, and subcontractors have been made by the contractor.
Changes and Amendments
- Address any changes to the original contract promptly and put them in writing.
- Clearly outline the associated costs and time implications.
- Request to see a copy of the contractor's license or pocket card issued by the State of Texas.
- Discuss the project thoroughly with the contractor to prevent misunderstandings.
- Document any issues in writing and communicate them to the contractor for resolution.
Seek help from The Attorney General of Texas at (800) 252-8011 for further assistance.
By following these guidelines and staying informed, consumers can make informed decisions and minimize potential disputes with contractors.
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