Home improvement scams
Rob Bayer/Shutterstock Each spring and summer, professional home improvement scammers roam the U.S. in search of 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. Don’t miss the home improvement project will double the value of your home.
Research, research, research
wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock 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,” says Dina Dwyer-Owens from Neighborly, a community of home service experts. “Confirm that a company has no complaints from the Better Business Bureau, a reputable source for trustworthy businesses.”
Get a contract
wrangler/Shutterstock 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 homeowner do once a month.