SOMETIMES I CAN BE SERIOUS
Warning signs homeowners should watch for include when a salesperson:
- Contacts homeowner first (comes to home uninvited or contacts the homeowner by telephone);
- Tells the homeowner that the repairs need to make right away;
- Talks too fast and pressures the homeowner to sign papers today;
- Tells the homeowner that they are doing work in your neighborhood and claims they have "extra materials" left from another job;
- Offers to use the home as a "display home" or offers the homeowner a discounted price or "discounts" for referrals, but only if she buys today!
- If it sounds too good (or bad) to be true. (It probably is not true!)
- Always check workers' credentials.
- Homeowners should never let anyone into the home without first asking for identification.
- Representatives of utilities and reputable businesses will have proper ID. When in doubt, homeowners should look up the company's phone number and call to verify the identity of the workers.
- Ask for an address and phone number if the workers say they are self-employed.
- If the homeowner agrees work should be done, he should ask for an estimate in writing and tell the workers he'll get back to them.
- Always get a second opinion and written estimates from one or two local firms.
- Get all guarantees in writing.