Scams are everywhere you turn these days, including in the home improvement sector. If you have an upcoming project and plan to hire a contractor, it could very well be you that becomes the next victim of such a scam. Instead of adding your name to this undesirable list, take the necessary steps to prevent scams from happening to you.
What is a Home Improvement Scam?
There are many different types of home improvement scams out there. The majority of those scams aim to take as much money from you as possible, but there are others that take your money and try to steal your identity. The easiest ways to avoid becoming a victim is to use common sense. If it sounds too god to be true, it probably is. Never make rash decisions, either.
A common scam involves a ‘contractor’ coming to your home to sell their services. They ask for a deposit that day and add you to their list of jobs for tomorrow. The problem is, this is probably not a contractor at all, and you’ve just been duped cash if you hand them any money. Even a receipt and signed contract won’t help you in this situation.
How to Avoid Home Improvement Scams
As mentioned, avoid home improvement scams by using common sense. Scam artists pray on those who fall for those can’t miss deals, fast talk pitches, etc. A few additional tips to remember when you have a home improvement project coming up:
- Never pay for a job in full, and be wary of any company that asks you to pay the total of the job before the work is rendered.
- Never hire a company that isn’t insured in the state. You’re on your own and up a creek without a paddle if you do.
- Leave those door-to-door salesman alone. If they come to your home, request a business card and call back the next day. This will protect you and your money greatly.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau regarding any home improvement company you are interested in hiring. At the BBB you can learn a great deal about the company, as well as learn their ‘letter grade’ given to them based upon their rating with customers, customer complaints, etc.
- Use the Word Wide Web to find customer testimonials about companies that you are interested in working with.