BBB serving Central Louisiana and the Ark-La-Tex reminds you to do your homework before hiring a contractor

December 17, 2012

Many contractors are reputable; however, some unethical operators may attempt to take advantage. Here are some quick tips:

  • Check the reliability of a company with the BBB first.
  • Obtain at least three estimates. Make sure that the estimates are itemized and the same work and variations should be noted.
  • Ask for the license number and verify with the Louisiana, Arkansas or Texas State Licensing Boards for Residential and General Contractors depending on your location.
  • Have a written contract for your repairs and understand it thoroughly before you sign. Be certain the contract includes the contractor’s name, street address, telephone number and state license number.

BBB advises you to be wary of businesses:

  • Soliciting door to door in unmarked vehicles who claim to be in the area solely to help storm victims.
  • Willing to do the job at an unusually low price
  • Requiring full or substantial payment before work begins
  • Offering to work for you only if you secure the necessary permits
  • Refusing to provide you with a written estimate of contract
  • Asking you to sign an estimate or authorization before you have decided to actually hire them.

These are all red flags you should avoid.

To check the reliability of a company or find trustworthy businesses visit or You may contact us by phone at 318-797-1330, 318-473-4494 or 1-800-372-4222.

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