HOME REPAIR SCAMS

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Noted Curmudgeons

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!)
 Tips to avoid home repair scams:
  • 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.
 J.
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