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Home Improvement Scams

Home Improvement Scams

Start with a reputable contractor to help avoid home improvement scams. Ask friends, family, co-workers, or people who have worked on your home for names. Then check online for company history and ratings.

Contractor Choice

Before you make the final decision:

  • Get estimates and remember the lowest bid may not be the best choice.
  • Ask for a list of completed projects and references.
  • See what types of insurance they carry.
  • Find out what your payment options are.

When you choose the contractor, get a written contract. It should include things like the contractor's information, start and completion dates, contractor's obligations, materials, warranties, and your right to cancel.

Fraudulent Contractors

Stay clear of a contractor who:

  • Is going door to door.
  • Has leftover materials from another job.
  • Pressures you for a quick decision.
  • Asks for payment up front and in cash.
  • Requires you to get permits.
  • Is not licensed.
  • Wants you to sign an incomplete contract.

Project Finalization

Before making your final payment, be sure:

  • You have inspected everything and are satisfied.
  • The site is cleaned.
  • You have all the necessary paperwork and warranties.

For more information and how to report any problems, search for home improvement scams.