Preventing Builder Fraud
When selecting a home professional, using a few guidelines can help protect you from fraudulent contractors. These warning signs indicate a contractor who may be running a scam:
Does not list a number in the phone book.Asks you to get required building permits.Only accepts cash.Solicits door-to-door.Says you will get a discount if you find other customers for that contractor.Says your job will be a demonstration.Offers exceptionally long guarantees.Asks you to pay for the entire job up front.Tries to scare you into signing for repairs claiming they are urgent.
Always read and understand every word of a contract before signing. If you don’t understand something, ask for clarification.
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