Home improvement scams
While not something most people think about in terms of scams, professional home improvement scammers are constantly on the search for victims. They often target people who live in areas recently damaged by weather events and older adults, offering “deals” on home repairs. Scams include using low-quality roofing materials, painting houses with cheap paint, and not doing quality work in the promised time frame. Follow these simple tips to avoid a major headache and being left with an ill-repaired home.
Research, research, research
Before you pick a company for your home improvement project do lots of research. A lot of online review sites have been created in the last couple of years that make finding a reputable company much easier. Researching previous customer opinions will provide potential customers a better idea of what to expect.
Get a contract
Demand a written contract that lists the specific work to be done, costs, materials to be used, start and completion dates, and warranty information on products and installation. Read the fine print carefully and do not permit work before signing it.
To avoid emptying out your pockets paying for endless home repairs, do these things that smart homeowners do once a month.