Is my builder, contractor or tradesperson legitimate?

Do you know who you are hiring to work on your home?

The scenario is replayed over and over again every day.  A consumer hires a builder, contractor, or tradesperson to build their dream home, expand or renovate their dream home, or just repair something in their dream home.  Then part way into the project they start having that awful feeling that a long, hard, rocky road is ahead of them. The person they hire begins displaying signs of a problem.  Either they don’t show up, are not performing the work as agreed to, the work is shoddy, or a number of other issues begin.  Fear and dread start and the consumer is wondering “Who is this person I hired?”, “Are they really a professional at what they do?”.  Today it seems that anyone with a pickup truck and toolbox in the back can call themselves a builder, contractor, and some even try to call themselves licensed tradespeople.

But who are these people really?  Do they have the proper licenses, education and experience to perform the work you want accomplished?  For consumers it is difficult to check all of those claims these people hype in their advertisements.  We see it all the time; “Over 20 years experience….”, “Certified by …….”, “Fully licensed, bonded, and insured”, etc., etc.  With the advent of the internet we, as consumers, have a new wealth of information at our fingertips to check these people out.  Or do we?  The information is there but now we must spend countless hours sorting through the thousand pages of search results, trying to determine what is and isn’t useful.  So where is a consumer to start?

There are many different places to look, so many different claims to check out.  To help you I have written a little guide called “How To Verify A Builder Or Contractor’s Credentials” which you can find by clicking “HERE”.  Although it was centered around builders, contractors, and tradespeople you can use it for many other persons as well.

Take a few minutes and read this and use the information to better check the person you are about to hire.  There is an old phrase “Caveat Emptor”, or “Buyer Beware”!  This phrase was important long ago but is even more important now!  Only you can prevent from getting ripped off, and only you become your best defense against being taken advantage of.

If you have a question about this article, or even need help understanding a persons credentials or claims, please feel free to contact me and I will gladly help where possible.  It is only through sharing information that we can all learn and make this a better world!

Knowledge is power, but sharing knowledge brings peace!

PS Inspection & Property Services LLC is a full service home inspection and light commercial inspection company servicing the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  We strive to for the satisfaction of our customers in everything we do.  Our services offerings include:

Buyer home inspections
New Home Warranty Inspections
New Home Draw Inspections
Home Maintenance Inspections
Home Remodeling Inspections
Investor Inspections
Rental And Renter Inspections
Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspections
Energy Audit Inspections
Whole Inspections Or Inspections Customized To Your Needs

If you have an inspection need we can customize an inspection for it.  Please visit our main site at PS Inspection & Property Service LLC.


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4 Responses to Is my builder, contractor or tradesperson legitimate?

  1. Mike Boyett says:

    Nice article…and an excellent reference describing how to verify credentials.

  2. admin says:

    Hello Mike,

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It’s very important that consumers perform due diligence when hiring any contractor. Unfortunately many just don’t know where to start looking for the information. You, as do I, enjoy helping the consumer find their way around so that they can make good decisions on who to hire.


  3. Excellent information and well presented.

    Armed with such information consumers should be able to be much better informed.

  4. admin says:

    Hello Nolan,

    Thanks for stopping by. If you ever find a post that needs correction or additions to it please let me know.