How to Detect and Prevent Home Improvement Scams

Posted By on October 21, 2010

Detection signs:

-          A contractor shows up at your door and says he has left over material from a nearby job and can make home improvements to your home at a deeply discounted rate- if it’s too good to be true, it probably is

-          High pressure sales tactics: if a contractor tries to force you into repairs immediately it could be a scam

-          If the contractor requires upfront payment, it’s likely a scam. Industry standards typically say never pay more than 1/3 of the total job cost up front.

-          If the contractor has an unmarked truck, and is unable to provide references, it could be a scam.

-          If the contractor wants to do work “under the table” or without a contract, it could be a scam.

Ways to prevent being scammed:

-          Always get at least 1 alternate bid from a reputable company.

-          Check with your local Homebuilders’ Association or NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) to see if your contractor is a member in good standing, or to find a contractor in good standing to provide an alternate bid.

-          Find out what materials will be used by the contractor to make sure they are quality materials.

-          Require a contract.

-          Use the free resources at the Better Business Bureau to see if the contractor is a business in good standing. www.BBB.org

-          Take time to shop around.

-          Ask for references and do your homework.

-          Be careful of who you let into your home.

Resources:

www.CincyBuilders.com

www.NARI.org

http://www.bbb.org/

National Chimney Sweep Guild: www.NCSG.org

http://www.lookstogoodtobetrue.com/

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As the people behind Potterhill Homes, we have some pretty strong feelings about energy efficiency and green building. And we don't always agree! But we are commited to building a best homes we can and bringing you along on our journey to figure out exactly what that means! Thanks for checking out our site. My Google Profile+