Home Improvement Scams

Home Improvement Scams

Every year, the National Association of Attorneys General lists home-improvement scams as one of the top-ten consumer problems. Here are a few signs to look out for: Out-of-town or unknown contractors or builders; Contractors who use the term “special...
Home Improvement Scams

Cancelling a Contract

Under the Home Solicitation Sales Act, you have a three-day right to cancel a contract if the contract was signed in your home. During those three days, the contractor is not legally allowed to begin the work, nor are they permitted to deliver construction materials...
Home Improvement Scams

Building Scams

The National Association of Attorneys General lists home-improvement scams as one of the top-ten consumer problems. The most important thing to remember to have a written, signed and properly executed contract before any work is begun on your home or property. In...
Home Improvement Scams

Hiring Contractors for Disaster Repairs

Whether they are architectural, engineering, electrical, or general contractors, most service providers in the building industry are honest. But disasters attract scam artists. Consumers must protect themselves. Beware “FEMA Certified.” This can signal a scam. FEMA...
Home Improvement Scams

The Right Contractor

When planing a major renovation project you will increase your chances for a successful outcome if you hire a contractor with whom you feel comfortable. Make sure the contractor has experience in renovation. Always check references and make every attempt to see...
Home Improvement Scams

Contract Details

When hiring a contractor, insist on a complete written contract. Know exactly what work will be done, the quality of materials that will be used, warranties, timetables, the names of any subcontractors, the total price of the job and the schedule of payments.