Before you hire a contractor, it’s a smart idea to do some research on them to see how satisfied their previous clients are. There are plenty of websites you can visit to see whether or not your contractor has had positive or negative reviews. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Angie’s List has been a big name in contractor reviews for almost 25 years. It’s a website where people can submit reviews on contractors in their local area. It’s a freemium site, meaning that it’s free to sign up for and read the reviews, but some features are behind a paywall. However, its free services should be enough.
Ripoff Report is another long-standing name in reporting contractors who did you wrong. In addition, there are other scams a person can talk about. Users can submit stories to Ripoff Report, which will publish them to the world.
Better Business Bureau
One of the smartest moves you can do when researching a contractor is to check out the BBB. The contractor should have a profile on there, which you can read all about. You can view complaints, their history, and more. It’s a good place to gather some info.
Some cities have lists of contractors who have had strikes or violations. For example, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has a list of contractors who have had violations, allowing you to search by name and see if they are on the list.
Con-Tractors.com is a website that allows you to submit bad contractors and search for them. The site has neatly divided itself into categories based on what type of work or service the contractor does.
The reviews themselves come from users like you and come from state violations on the contractor’s license as well. That way, the site gives you the most insight from all possible sources.
It’s always updating, and in addition to listing off the bad contractors, the site has news and articles to keep you informed.
Always do your research before you hire a contractor. They may seem genuine, but most conmen are.