Consumer Guide:
Home Improvement / Home Repair

NAOSA Gold Standards of Professional Practice™

Home Improvement/Home Repair

The goal of the NAOSA Gold Standard of Professional Practice™ in the Home Improvement and Home Repair is the requirement to be clear and concise in all quotes and to perform all services as agreed upon within the promised time frame. Equally important is clear communication between the client and the NAOSA Trade Professional regarding expectations of the work to be completed. Many conflicts arise due to a lack of communication regarding details of work expectations, the NAOSA Gold Standards assist both parties in establishing these expectations.

Special Note: The number one way consumers can prevent fraud or unethical business practices in the trades is to have already interviewed a contractor prior to any work needed. Experts also recommend interviewing more than one professional. Consumers are particularly vulnerable in emergencies. It is best to have an established relationship with a tradesperson before any actual service is required. This simple step as well as working with a NAOSA Member Professional will go a long way in ensuring you are dealing with an ethical tradesperson.

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Licensed and Insured

All NAOSA Member Professionals will be licensed and insured. NAOSA members will offer to show identification, a state license and proof of current insurance when requested.

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Clear Communication of Work to be Completed

All components of the job will be clearly communicated in writing prior to work beginning. This is a common challenge with both the homeowner and the tradesperson. When details of the job are vague, issues are bound to arise. With the goal of preventing miscommunication, all NAOSA members will clearly detail, in writing, the full scope of the work to be performed.

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Accurate Quotes

All work to be done will be quoted accurately. Work will not be underbid with the expectation of additional payment once work has begun.

Be on the lookout for companies that underbid or use inferior products. This is a common practice among unethical tradespeople. This typical “bait and switch” tactic can win a lowball contractor the job, but there is usually an extra charge during the project or expected work not included.

NAOSA members are not in the business of underbidding and will generally not be the lowest bid for your work. However, the work is required to be delivered as promised at the agreed price. Beware of low-bid contracts.

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Quotes Will Include All Parts and Materials

Another tactic utilized by unethical tradespeople is quoting a certain part or brand and then substituting an inferior part. By specifically naming parts and materials in the initial quote, NAOSA member professionals will ensure the consumer is getting exactly the item for which they paid.

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Completion Date of Job Will Be Provided in Writing

All work will be done within the specified timeframe. If work is not performed as agreed in writing, the client may cancel the agreement and withhold any further payment. A job is not considered late in cases where the client requests additional work to be done mid-project, commonly referred to as a change order. Change orders cause both time delays and increased costs. A job also will not be considered late in cases where undisclosed issues or an issue that would be unknown to both parties appear in the home or other place of work being performed (Inclement weather, previous structural damage, faulty wiring, faulty plumbing, etc.)

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Full Payment for Work Will Not Be Made Until All is Work is Done Completely and Correctly

NAOSA members will not require full payment until the job is complete. This Gold Standard does not apply to change orders or unknown issues where applicable as outlined in Gold Standard #5 above.

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A Written Receipt Will Be Given at Time of Payment

A receipt is important in case something goes wrong and also for possible tax deductions. This is especially important with cash payments. NAOSA Member Professionals will always provide a written receipt.

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Will Not Mark-up Prices in Affluent Neighborhoods

This is a common practice in many trades. NAOSA members do not engage in this business practice and will charge the same price regardless of the neighborhood.

Are you a professional in the trades?
We welcome your constructive input to assist in the protection of all consumers. Please contact us.

NAOSA Gold Standards of Professional Practice™

Home Improvement/Home Repair

The goal of the NAOSA Gold Standard of Professional Practice™ in the Home Improvement and Home Repair is the requirement to be clear and concise in all quotes and to perform all services as agreed upon within the promised time frame. Equally important is clear communication between the client and the NAOSA Trade Professional regarding expectations of the work to be completed. Many conflicts arise due to a lack of communication regarding details of work expectations, the NAOSA Gold Standards assist both parties in establishing these expectations.

Special Note: The number one way consumers can prevent fraud or unethical business practices in the trades is to have already interviewed a contractor prior to any work needed. Experts also recommend interviewing more than one professional. Consumers are particularly vulnerable in emergencies. It is best to have an established relationship with a tradesperson before any actual service is required. This simple step as well as working with a NAOSA Member Professional will go a long way in ensuring you are dealing with an ethical tradesperson.

Z

Licensed and Insured

All NAOSA Member Professionals will be licensed and insured. NAOSA members will offer to show identification, a state license and proof of current insurance when requested.

Z

Clear Communication of Work to be Completed

All components of the job will be clearly communicated in writing prior to work beginning. This is a common challenge with both the homeowner and the tradesperson. When details of the job are vague, issues are bound to arise. With the goal of preventing miscommunication, all NAOSA members will clearly detail, in writing, the full scope of the work to be performed.

Z

Accurate Quotes

All work to be done will be quoted accurately. Work will not be underbid with the expectation of additional payment once work has begun.

Be on the lookout for companies that underbid or use inferior products. This is a common practice among unethical tradespeople. This typical “bait and switch” tactic can win a lowball contractor the job, but there is usually an extra charge during the project or expected work not included.

NAOSA members are not in the business of underbidding and will generally not be the lowest bid for your work. However, the work is required to be delivered as promised at the agreed price. Beware of low-bid contracts.

Z

Quotes Will Include All Parts and Materials

Another tactic utilized by unethical tradespeople is quoting a certain part or brand and then substituting an inferior part. By specifically naming parts and materials in the initial quote, NAOSA member professionals will ensure the consumer is getting exactly the item for which they paid.

Z

Completion Date of Job Will Be Provided in Writing

All work will be done within the specified timeframe. If work is not performed as agreed in writing, the client may cancel the agreement and withhold any further payment. A job is not considered late in cases where the client requests additional work to be done mid-project, commonly referred to as a change order. Change orders cause both time delays and increased costs. A job also will not be considered late in cases where undisclosed issues or an issue that would be unknown to both parties appear in the home or other place of work being performed (Inclement weather, previous structural damage, faulty wiring, faulty plumbing, etc.)

Z

Full Payment for Work Will Not Be Made Until All is Work is Done Completely and Correctly

NAOSA members will not require full payment until the job is complete. This Gold Standard does not apply to change orders or unknown issues where applicable as outlined in Gold Standard #5 above.

Z

A Written Receipt Will Be Given at Time of Payment

A receipt is important in case something goes wrong and also for possible tax deductions. This is especially important with cash payments. NAOSA Member Professionals will always provide a written receipt.

Z

Will Not Mark-up Prices in Affluent Neighborhoods

This is a common practice in many trades. NAOSA members do not engage in this business practice and will charge the same price regardless of the neighborhood.

Are you a professional in the trades?
We welcome your constructive input to assist in the protection of all consumers. Please contact us.

CONSUMER GUIDES

Be Sure to Review All the NAOSA Gold Standards of Professional Practice™ Before Making a Buying Decision

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Home Improvement / Home Repair

Senior Living Brokers/Consultants

CONSUMER GUIDES

Be Sure to Review All the NAOSA Gold Standards of Professional Practice™ Before Making a Buying Decision

Simply click on the industry to access the Consumer Guide

Auto and Home Insurance Owners

Home Care & Assistance

Insurance & Investments

Legal
Professionals

Long-Term Care Insurance

Medicare Supplement & Medicare

Real
Estate

Reverse
Mortgage

Advantage
Insurance

Senior Living Communities

Home Improvement / Home Repair

Senior Living Brokers/Consultants

NAOSA Guarantee

NAOSA requires members to act in utmost good faith when working with clients. Members must agree to work under “the fiduciary standard” and act in a way that the member reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the client. In addition to compliance with all federal and state regulations, each professional member of the National Association of Senior Advocates must follow and act in accordance with a standard of guidelines called the NAOSA Gold Standards of Professional Practice™.

The NAOSA Gold Standards have been created by professionals in their specific fields. The NAOSA Gold Standards strive to eliminate any gray areas that may exist in various business practices. Although these gray areas may be legal in many cases, NAOSA experts agree that they generally do not serve the best interest of the consumer.

The NAOSA Gold Standards of Professional Practice™ also strive to offer transparency in various professions, and aim to educate consumers on the various business models of these professions. Consumers must have information to make an educated decision when considering a specific product or service.

Members who are found not in compliance with these standards will be censured, with membership subject to revocation.

NAOSA Guarantee

NAOSA requires members to act in utmost good faith when working with clients. Members must agree to work under “the fiduciary standard” and act in a way that the member reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the client. In addition to compliance with all federal and state regulations, each professional member of the National Association of Senior Advocates must follow and act in accordance with a standard of guidelines called the NAOSA Gold Standards of Professional Practice™.

The NAOSA Gold Standards have been created by professionals in their specific fields. The NAOSA Gold Standards strive to eliminate any gray areas that may exist in various business practices. Although these gray areas may be legal in many cases, NAOSA experts agree that they generally do not serve the best interest of the consumer.

The NAOSA Gold Standards of Professional Practice™ also strive to offer transparency in various professions, and aim to educate consumers on the various business models of these professions. Consumers must have information to make an educated decision when considering a specific product or service.

Members who are found not in compliance with these standards will be censured, with membership subject to revocation.

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