Avoid Home Improvement Scams
I have been hearing a lot about the home improvement scams going on throughout our state. Below are some helpful hints to avoid getting taken by unscrupulous people. We have an aging population in our area, and the elderly seem to be targeted.
Always ask for a written contract for the work being performed. Never give someone money without this, and get a receipt.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references.
Don’t be pressured – if it seems to good too be true, it probably is. Tell the workman you need a day to think about it. If they walk-let them! A reputable worker would come back, or call you.
Never pay the full amount up front. Honest companies do not require this. They may ask for 30-50% down and you pay the balance when the work is completed. On larger jobs, the contract will provide terms on payments.
If you are having work done on the inside of your home, secure your valuables.
Get a referral from a neighbor, friend, or professional. It pays to do this up front, and you’ll be more comfortable in your decision.
On this website, we have a list of vendors. We have complied this list from our clients who have made the recommendation, or we have used personally.
Enjoy the summer!