In 2020, High Quality Contracting, Inc. saw a rise in the number of new customers who came to us after another contractor had scammed them. Many homeowners do not know how to avoid contractor scams.
Many of these cases involved widows and widowers who received life insurance payout and were taken for a ride. Older adults are targeted because they usually have a “nest egg” built up or have enough equity in their homes to take out a second mortgage for these improvements.
High Quality Contracting, Inc. knows how hard you and your loved one worked for your home. Having someone come along and take advantage of your situation is a hard pill to swallow.
Scams we have found a rise in are:
- Substandard work performed, many times not within code.
- High-Pressure Sales tactics stressing the urgency of the work to be performed.
- Incompleted work
- Inflated pricing
- Use of low-quality materials
- Targeting widows and widowers from local obituaries.
- Posing as a building inspector or other city/county official demanding work to be done. Then referring the homeowner to a specific contractor.
- Insisting the homeowner work with their finance company or lender.
To avoid being scammed, High Quality Contracting, Inc. suggests homeowners do the following:
- Verify that the contractor you are considering is licensed and insured.
- Check with the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau and look for the contractor’s rating. The BBB assigns accredited members a rating from A+ to F depending on the companies past behavior and the number of complaints they have.
- Ask family and friends for references to contractors they have worked with in the past and had good experiences.
- Check out Angie’s List and look at the contractor reviews. See how other people in your area have rated that contractor.
- Get written estimates.
- Don’t assume the lowest bid is always the best. Remember that you get what you pay for. Check out the company’s reputation and the products they plan to use.
- Get a written contract. Never have a contractor start work on a handshake.
- Find out if you need City, County, or any State permits.
- Pay down payment to start work in a check, money order, or credit card and maintain accurate records. Never pay in cash.
- Use your banking institution for financing.
Even when we do all of our due diligence, sometimes we still get scammed, but the chances are much lower when you have done your research.
Further resources include and are not limited to:
Resources Federal Bureau of Investigation: Common Fraud Schemes
National Consumer Law Center: Home Improvement Scam Alert
Consumer Financial Protection Agency: Considering a Reverse Mortgage?
Better Business Bureau:
National Association of the Remodeling Industry Milwaukee:
A deck can change the entire look and feel as well as the function of the space in your yard. Modern decking materials allow for creative design option as well as durability. Here are six innovative deck ideas that are game changers:
When most people think of decks, they think of a square wooden platform attached to your backyard. However, decks have come a long way in the past several years. They are now being designed in fun ways with great new shapes and designs. Round decks are a hit for a fun look around a pond or a pool. A rectangular deck can pop by adding zing with angles, and alternating patterns. Go for a larger deck that offers several connected shapes, starting with a rectangular space then adding a circled pergola with bench seating. The shapes are limitless.
Built-ins are the little extra fun spaces that are now being built into modern decks. Sick of hauling out a cooler every time you want to have refreshments on the deck? Have one built-in. Are you an avid reader and enjoy sitting on your deck reading? Consider a small built-in library space with a door that closes to keep the elements off of your books. Nowadays you can build in just about anything into your deck, including fireplaces, firepits, outdoor kitchens, seating, storage and more.
Railings that Roar-
Don’t think that a deck railing has to be boring to work. Today’s decks have some pretty impressive railing ideas such as wrought iron, wood, composite, steel, and carved wood posts. Depending on your budget you can go as simple or as elaborate as you would like with the deck railings. Stairs also can have a great flare with products out by companies like SalterSpiralStair. We can install some very creative ideas- galvanized steel, sunburst style, cable, and even wrought iron designs.
Dependable Easy Care Materials-
Materials have changed in the last several years to become stronger, more dependable and easier to maintain. These scientific changes can make owning a deck a lot easier to keep up. No constant staining and repairs. Stylish composite decking products resist fading, staining, scratching and mold, and won’t rot, crack or warp. Wood decks are now pressure treated with special chemicals to help prevent decay and termite damage. Stains last longer and clean up easier than ever before.
Overheads and Planters-
Don’t forget to look up when you are building a new deck for your home. Overheads and custom planters are a great way to add texture and style to any yard experience. Retractable roofing, awnings, overhead lighting systems and more can be added to your deck to create a multifunctional space for both rain or shine.
Decks do not need to be boring and are limited only by the creativity of the designers creating them. High Quality Contracting Inc has been building decks for decades and can help make your backyard oasis.
On Tuesday, October the 29th, Wisconsinites received a taste of what is inevitably around the corner- Winter and the Holidays.
As you are starting to unpack that winter gear consisting of boots, hats, and coats, take a step back to look at the entry space around your front door.
Does it still scream summer with wilted flowers, cracked flower pots, and old forgotten newspapers? Or are you ready for the holidays with a welcoming that makes even the Grinch smile?
We put together some fun and inviting entry plans for the holidays to help spark your ideas for the season.
Freshly Painted Entrance
Brighten up your entry with a fresh coat of paint before the weather gets too cold, and the snow is a permanent fixture. Consider an eye-popping new color for the season? Go bold with red, gold, blue, or even an evergreen color. It is amazing what a gallon of paint can do for an entrance. If your door is shabby and dated, consider updating it to a new energy-efficient door professionally installed by a High Quality Contracting, Inc. expert.
Elegant Clean Lines – A Timeless Entrance
Clean and fresh lines add a bright and elegant feel to any front entry. It is never dated and always an elegant touch to a home.
Consider simple pieces of decor with a neutral palette and chic minimalist style. The decor in this photo is very stylish and yet so simple. What is more elegant than a clean white lantern with a mock candle in it? The lights are a simple, clear color that highlights the evergreen trees lining the entryway. This remarkable entryway can easily be maintained in the coldest of weather and still look remarkably fashionable throughout the winter months.
Traditional Holiday Decor
Timeless Traditional Entrance
I cringe when I drive past the houses that are full of overkill of blow-up Santas, random cartoon characters, and dated old trendy decorations. Some pieces are timeless and traditional that reflect a sense of class and elegance, and others not so much. This beautiful home features the eternal evergreen wreaths and traditional light colors. The holly and bright red bows make the whole scene pop with a bit of color standing out against the brick. This type of entrance decor can make any home inviting and give that ” Old Holiday” feel to the neighborhood. A true classic entrance.
Decorate your entry for the holidays, no matter what your choice of an entrance, the most crucial aspect is that it is representative of who you and your family are. Even the busiest of homes deserve to give their best foot forward with an entrance that stands out. It is the first reflection of your home that people will see, and just like with any appearance, the first impression counts.
It is hard to think about spring construction and landscaping projects when you are knee deep in Wisconsin’s winter snow and ice, but believe it or not; winter is the perfect time to start these projects. Experts in the construction industry have started planning spring projects in the winter for centuries. We have compiled a list of the top reasons why you should start your project planning now:
1) Contractor Availability-
Contractors in construction and landscaping tend to book rather quickly for the year. High Quality Contracting Inc is no exception. Once spring hits everyone decides they want their project done and each week only has so many hours. So, why wait? Before your contractor books for the spring and you end up with a subprime guy doing a lousy job, schedule an appointment for a consultation. In the winter, contractors with excellent ratings like High Quality Contracting, have the time to meet with you and help develop some great new ideas for your project.
2) Pulling Permits-
Permits are required to begin most construction and landscaping processes. It can take on average 4-6 weeks to have a township issue a permit to begin a construction project, but they imperative and we can not start without them! Applying for licenses during winter months, or nearing spring will most likely expedite the process because the township is not as busy with applications. The slower months also allow time to be sure that all appropriate paperwork has been approved and helps avoid last minute problems.
3) Scheduling Your Project –
The average contractor is already scheduled out eight weeks ahead when most people start deciding in the spring to get their home or office projects done. You can avoid weeks, if not months, of time by scheduling your project in the cold of winter rather than waiting for the spring bug to bite. With a completed home remodeling or landscaping project finished early in the season, you get to enjoy the fruits of our labor throughout the year. As the old saying goes, ” The early bird gets the worm.”
4) Availability of the Top Products-
Just like anything else, construction and landscaping products can also be in demand. Starting your spring home project in the winter will help you get the best prices. You will also find that the best products for your project are easily available. If a particular set of tiles in favorite that year, or a specific design of countertop, reserving your products weeks ahead can help you to avoid the possibility of using your second or third choice styles instead.
5) No Last Minute Rushing-
Rushing at the last minute can cause mistakes. You can forget to tell your contractor something, your project is pressed for time, and rain or other weather delays can really make life difficult. Increasing the stress that you already feel to get the project done. Well, don’t feel that rush, the pulsing through your veins as grandma is coming in two weeks and the bathroom is not done yet. Take your time, schedule ahead, and ease into your holiday or visit without stress.
Planning spring construction projects can benefit you both financially and with time restraints.
For your quote home, today contact us.
Building a new home makes sense. The housing market is booming with available housing readily available. Why would you want to build your own house? Today’s new homes offer more benefits than ever before. Some of the reasons you might choose to build rather than buy, may surprise you.
Your Dream Home Your Way
We all have that perfect image in our head of what our dream home is. Perhaps it has wide open cathedral ceilings, unique built-in cabinetry systems, custom crown molding, and staircases, or that fantastic fireplace you have always wanted? Why can’t you have it all? You get more bang for your buck when you are building from the ground up to suit your desires rather than to purchase an existing home and then need to deal with the remodeling of the house. Put the money into your dream to start with and get the home you always wanted, including that She-Shed or Man-Cave.
The Layout that Meets Your Needs
Finding the house with the existing house perfect layout to meet your families needs can be daunting. Consider designing your home from the start with a plan that makes sense for your family. Do you need bedrooms on the bottom floor? Maybe you would like a resort-style master bath or a balcony off of one of the bedrooms? You can have it all when you build your layout to your specifications. High Quality Contracting, Inc. has an established history of creating great floor layouts and designs which are functional and beautiful. Instead of spending your time searching for the layout you need, spend that time sitting down and talking with an expert from High Quality Contracting to design it for you.
The Lastest in Technology
Existing homes on the market can be remodeled to have some of the latest technology features that you want such as a voice-activated kitchen or all new energy efficient windows. However, it is more cost efficient to have those things put into your home from the very start. When you are building and designing a new construction property, you can choose from the start what features you want. Want USB ports in every outlet of the home? Okay, it’s done. Want the entire house wired to voice-activated lighting and sound systems? You got it. You choose how much technology you do, or do not want to be put into a custom home.
Homes today are designed and equipped to reflect the way we live today rather than what was built 20-30 years ago. Open concepts, energy efficiency, and cutting-edge building products lead to less maintenance and lower upkeep in your future. Spend your time enjoying living in your home and not fixing broken pipes and heating systems. Less time on maintenance means more time to do the things you enjoy with the people you love.
Homes are far more energy efficient today than homes built even just five years ago, and immensely better than homes built 20-30 years ago. Building product manufacturers have developed better products with energy efficiency in mind. Technologies have improved greatly, and the science behind the new products is mind-blowing. Tripple pained windows, better insulation products, and energy efficient heating, cooling, and air control systems are just a few of the ways that new homes are saving homeowners money.
No Creepy Feelings
As silly as this title sounds, the “feel” of a home can be a real problem and a turn off for many homeowners. Have you ever walked into a house that makes your skin crawl for no apparent reason? That is what we are talking about. That laying in your bed, wondering what they unsettling sound is ( ghosts? ) and having a fear that the previous owner left something inside the house that you do not want. This situation is completely avoided when you have a new home built.
Building a new home makes sense. Whatever your reason for wanting a new home built, High Quality Contracting Inc is the choice for many of Southeastern Wisconsin’s homeowners. We make the home building experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Our team of highly skilled designers, builders, and craftsmen are available at your disposal day or night. Why not give High Quality Contracting Inc a call today and get your dream home built the way you want it.