Building 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...
Building 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...
Building 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.
Building Scams

Building Permits

Contact your local building inspection department to check for permit and inspection requirements. Be wary if your contractor asks you to get the permit. It could mean the firm is not licensed.
Building Scams

Choosing a Contractor

Before selecting a contractor for your next job, contact your local or state consumer agency and Better Business Bureau for information on contractors’ licensing or registration requirements and complaint records. Some states require licensees to pass tests for...
Building Scams

Written Estimates

Get at least three written estimates from contractors who have come to your home to evaluate what needs to be done. Be sure the estimates are based on the same work so that you can make meaningful comparisons.