Tips for Avoiding Cowboy Builders

A house under construction in Sedona Lakes, a master-planned community along County Road 101 just east of Texas 288 in Manvel.

You have heard horror stories of people that have hired cowboy builders. This can make you hesitant when it comes to hiring a builder for your construction project. However, you still need a contractor to build a home. A cowboy builder has no qualifications or licensing. This puts you at the risk of ending up with a poorly built house. Even worse, you can end up losing money to a cowboy builder that won’t do anything for you. That’s why you need these tips for avoiding cowboy builders. 

Check Accreditation 

Does the builder have any accreditation? Contractors may not be required to have specific qualifications by the law. However, there are schemes that a contractor can join as proof of their credentials. 

Therefore, find out whether the builder that you want to hire has any accreditation. If the contractor has the accreditation, find out more about the scheme that provides it. Make sure that the scheme is government-endorsed and non-profit. 

Get References 

Don’t work with a builder that can’t provide references. You want to be sure that the contractor is not experimenting with your construction project. Therefore, ask the builder to provide references for their work. Check out the projects that the contractor has completed. You can talk to their past clients about their experiences if possible. 

Settle for a Safe Payment Plan 

If a builder wants you to pay them a hefty amount of money upfront, consider it a red flag. Ideally, you should settle for a payment plan that ensures your safety. For instance, you can agree to pay the contractor after the completion of milestones. That means you will be paying the contractor for the work they have done. 

A cowboy builder can make your construction project the worst nightmare. That’s why you should be careful when hiring a contractor. Follow these tips to ensure that you give your contract to a reputable, professional builder.