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Cantor’s Corner: Chuck in a Truck Warning Signs

Cantor’s Corner: Chuck in a Truck Warning Signs

Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

Gregg Cantor
by Gregg Cantor

Resident Pro, The Approved Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

The Definition of Chuck in a Truck

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin.

When you are ready to spend your hard earned money for remodeling or complete home maintenance, identifying the right company to complete the work is very important.  We talk a lot about “Chuck in a Truck” and the horror stories that happen as a result of hiring one. But how do you identify a “Chuck in a Truck”? Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

  1. He’s the guy who shows up late for a scheduled appointment.
  2. Has no liability insurance.
  3. On www.cslb.gov he claims exempt from worker’s compensation insurance.
  4. He asks for a substantial down payment before any work is completed.
  5. Tells you a permit is not required.
  6. Does not provide a construction schedule.
  7. His contract has little or no detail.
  8. When you research the company online, there is no history.
  9. The company has no website.
  10. You get no references or photos of past work.

If you feel lucky, then roll the dice.  Chances are, the odds are against you!  For remodeling and home maintenance companies, Approved Home Pros is here for you.

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