Hiring the services of a pro can make all the difference between having exceptional terrazzo floors and crappy ones. So if you’re not at all confident of your DIY skills just yet, you might want to sit this one out and leave it to the experts. However, that still leaves you with one problem: finding the right contractor to get the job done. Want to make sure you don’t get taken in by dishonest contractors who have the bad habit to overpromise and under deliver? Then read on for some tips from the Federal Trade Commission on what an Improvement Scam is like:

  1. The contractor knocks on your door asking if you need his services. Why is that a red flag? Most contractors–especially the exceptional ones–work with a company. Also, their schedules are typically full. That’s why you always need to schedule the job early on, or you risk getting yours bumped way down on the list. If you meet a contractor who seems to be out of work, you might wonder about why that is. He could just be out of luck–or out of a job because he’s not reliable. You could offer him a minor job on the side to see how things work out first. However, if he starts offering you discounts to help him find customers, you might want to politely decline his offer and look for help elsewhere.
  2. The contractor immediately tries to pressure you to accept the job. That’s wrong on several levels. If you feel forced in any way, politely but firmly decline. No matter how badly you want your floors installed, finding the right person matters. If you go with the first person who offers to do it for you, you might end up with a hack job, one you’ll need to spend money and time on to fix and that just wouldn’t do. If you want it done right, hire a terrazzo flooring installation expert to take care of the matter for you.
  3. The contractor asks you to get the building permits. That’s a glaring sign that you need to cut your business dealings short with that person and hire someone else. A professional contractor will always take care of the permits for you. Be wary if they want you to do this instead.

They say don’t sweat the small stuff but when it comes to hiring the right person for the job, don’t follow that advice. Sweat the small stuff because, when it comes to results, they make the bigger difference in the end.

The Trend Group offers terrazzo flooring assistance and services. We’ll help you get the floors you want so call us now!