It is fair to say that most contractors are honest. It is also fair to say that there are dishonest people out there who pretend to be contractors, and if they think they can get away with scamming a woman they will definitely try. There are things that women can do to protect themselves from getting scammed by a contractor.
Before you hire any contractor it is recommended that you get four references. These will be other people that they have done work for. Then you will be able to contact these people and get their take on how the contractor is. They will let you know if they liked the work that was done or not. Be careful however, if they are a true scammer they may give you numbers for people who are in on the scam with them so do not rely on this alone.
You should also check with the Better Business Bureau. They will be able to provide you with a rating for the contractor. They will also be able to provide you with the reasons for why they gave that contractor the rating that they gave them. If they contractor you were thinking of using is unknown to the Better Business Bureau, then you should take that as a good sign that they are not a real contractor but rather a scammer.
Once you have selected a contractor that you think you would like to hire it is a good idea to check their contractors’ license. You need to make sure that it is up to date and not a fake. You can do this by checking their license and local operating permits. If you do not do this not only can you get scammed but you could end up with work that is not done right, and that is not up to code costing you more money down the road.
If you are a woman who lives a loan you should invite someone over before the contractor comes over. This should preferably be a male friend or family member. You do not want your contractor to know that you live alone. Even if they are a real contractor and not a scammer they may decide to scam you at least a little simply because you are a woman who lives alone. It is just best to have a male friend or family member be there with you each time, preferably the same one each time.
Ladies, while you should not assume the worst in everyone you should always prepare for the worst. This is just being smart and protecting yourself from getting scammed. Make sure that you use a local contractor who is trusted not someone who travels. When it comes to contractors a woman cannot be too careful when picking the right one.