If you’re thinking about doing a home improvement project, beware of scam artists who are more than ready to take advantage of you. That is a scary number that calls for some added attention to who you hire. Remember to find and research your own licensed contractor. Don’t let a stranger knock on your door and give you his own ideas about what’s wrong with your house and how he can fix it, especially if the price does not seem right. Also, avoid contractors who will “take care of the details” such as financing. Most importantly, don’t allow yourself to be pressured into signing a contract that you aren’t 100 percent sure is legitimate. You are not wasting time by checking backgrounds and being cautious. Hiring with care will only help you accomplish your home improvement goals more quickly and efficiently.