11 trusted tips to avoid a home improvement scam 

02
Oct

 

If you have never hired a contractor to assist you with a complex home improvement project, the process of picking a reliable and dependable contractor can be long and daunting. If you do not know what you are looking for or do not know what to expect, the project estimates can confuse you and leave you open to potential home improvement scams.

Most contractors out there are well-intentioned and are typically ready to help you in any way they can. However, there are those that will try to take advantage of your situation and vulnerability, and these are the ones you want to avoid. To help you out, here are 11 trusted tips to avoid a home improvement scam:

  • If the price of the project sounds too good to be true, then there is a good chance that it probably is. Most of these scams start with an advertisement that quotes an incredibly low price only for the contractor to quote a different higher price once the inspection is complete.
  • Some dishonest contractors take advantage by offering to use leftover material from another job as a way of saving you money. Do not fall for this scam as the materials used tend to be substandard.
  • If a contractor knocks on your door offering to help you out, do not be tempted to hire him or her as you are likely to end up with poorly done work.
  • If a contractor asks for a large upfront payment, even before the project starts,  it could be a sign of a scam.
  • Keep in mind that when you pay a low price for a service, you are only going to get the basic service, which will not be of value at all.
  • Recommendations are important and if the contractor has none, then you have no way of complaining if the job should be done badly.
  • Special offers and today only deals sound great but it is a tactic that contractors use to make you act quickly.
  • A contractor that creates a sense of urgency for your safety or for the wellbeing of your may only be doing it to get you to hire them.
  • Contractors that are hard to reach should be avoided at all costs. Avoid contractors that arrive for inspection with unmarked vehicles or few pieces of equipment.
  • A shoddy website should be a sign that the services on offer may not be up to par. Reputable contractors take time to invest in a high-quality website that is also secure.
  • Although it is essential to read through the various reviews, you should also learn how to spot fake ones. If the reviews are similar across the board dues to word groupings or use of the same writing style, then you should opt for a different contractor.