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August 1st, 2017 9:11 AM

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Home improvement goes on any time of the year, whether major projects or simple minor changes.  But home improvement presents the biggest opportunity for scammers to take advantage of homeowners. 

From shady contractors, painters, and other repairmen, victims can be conned out of money by receiving a lowball bid from a contractor who then later demands more money to finish the project.  A contractor also may use someone else’s license to take money and leave without ever completing the project. 

So, here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of a home improvement scam:

  • Verify the contractor’s license, insurance, and at least three references.  Ask for their license numbers upfront to be able to check their status online. 

  • Ensure the contractor is an active member of a reputable industry organization, such as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry or the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  They will  need to pass a level of scrutiny and  pledge to observe a code of ethics in order to be a member of one of these organizations. 

  • Check the contractor’s reputation online.  Do they have a good website and active social media?  Are there reviews or testimonials posted from customers?  Scammers will leave as few traces online as possible. 

Always be vigilant with anyone hired for home improvement projects. It certainly pays to research before signing a contract.

Written by Barbara Doeringer

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