Homeowners have to make sure they are dealing with the right people when paying to get work done on their home. Some property owners aren’t aware of the fact that contractors that sell windows and doors have to be licensed. Any reputable contractor will not have any problem producing the necessary paperwork when a homeowner asks for it. Licensing helps to protect both the contractor and the homeowner. Naturally, a homeowner might have some questions about licensing as it pertains to window and doors sales. The answers to some of those questions can be found below.
The state of California has specific guidelines for those who do business in certain fields. To do business legally within the state, a person might have to get a license. Window and door contractors need to be, or they risk being fined. Licenses must be current. Doing business with an expired license is just as bad as not having one at all. Homeowners can ask salespeople to show their licenses at any given time. It’s encouraged that homeowners do so. That way they know that they’re dealing with a legitimate salesperson.
It’s important to understand that a person can be representing a business as an independent contractor. There are cases where an independent contractor works for a company that isn’t licensed. Property owners have to make sure that both the salespeople and businesses they represent are authorized to do business in the state. A salesperson might not even realize they are working for an unlicensed company. As with an independent contractor’s license, it shouldn’t be hard to get proof that the business that they are working for is adequately licensed and insured.
Property owners need to be aware that just because a salesperson produces a physical license doesn’t mean that the license is valid. Licenses can be revoked. When a contractor engages in the wrong type of conduct, they risk getting their license revoked if it is reported. Fortunately, it’s easy to check the status of any license by visiting the state’s website for licenses. The site is updated frequently and easy to navigate. To review the status of a license, it’s necessary to have a license number. The website also offers tips for consumers that can help to protect them from unscrupulous salespeople.
A consumer has to understand that they are exposing themselves to unnecessary risks when doing business with unlicensed salespeople and businesses. If the contractor doesn’t have a license, will they have insurance? Probably not. How does the homeowner even know that they aren’t being scammed? Scammers will not bother with proper licensing. They operate by offering deals that seem too good to be true. They get homeowners to overlook the need for proper documentation. Successful scams can get thousands of dollars out of a homeowner.
The main benefit of dealing with a licensed salesperson and business is that a homeowner knows that everything is legitimate. A reputable company doesn’t want to get reported for bad work or ill-treatment of a customer. It’s quite easy for a resident to report bad business practices. A complaint can easily be made on the state’s website. When a consumer deals with a licensed business, they will have better peace of mind.
What can a homeowner do if they don’t want salespeople coming to their door trying to sell them windows or doors? One of the best solutions is to use a ‘No Solicitors’ sign. It can be placed on the door, in the yard, or on the window. Most salespeople will respect the sign and pass the home by. Ignoring a salesperson isn’t a good idea. They might think that there isn’t anyone home and will just come back. It’s best to tell them that there is no interest in what they are selling.
Even if a consumer is dealing with a licensed salesperson, they have to understand those specific tactics might be used to get a sale. One pressure tactic is to say that a deal is offered for only a limited time. The goal with this tactic is to prevent a consumer from doing any comparison shopping. That’s because the deal that is being offered usually isn’t so great. A person will quickly find out about the flaws of the deal when they do some necessary comparison shopping.
Salespeople can imply something is necessary when it really isn’t. A salesperson might say that both a husband and wife have to be present to offer a quote. This is actually an effective strategy that is used to get a deal done that day. When both the husband and wife are present, a salesperson can try to convince them to take the deal without taking days to talk it over. They can see the reactions of both spouses in person. That allows them to adjust their approach on the fly to try to secure the sale.
Consumers have to know how to protect themselves so that they don’t lose money. The state has put safeguards in place that make it much easier for property owners to guard themselves against scammers who operate in the home improvement marketplace. With a smartphone, a homeowner can check a salesperson’s credentials in minutes. However, even if a homeowner is dealing with a licensed contractor, they will still need to have their guard up. They have to watch out for pressure tactics and any other tricks that might be used on them. Reputable companies won’t engage in such behavior because they have products that can sell themselves.