Eventually all homes need professional attention, whether it is for simple wear and tear or weather damage. Beware of dubious contractors who offer to help.
How It Works
- A contractor will come to your door following a bad storm that causes damage, or say they're working in the same area and noticed a problem in your home that they can fix.
- The contractor may say they have extra materials they can use on a potential project for you.
- They will say that today's rate will not be the same tomorrow and will seek payment upfront.
What You Should Know
- Fraudsters look for any opportunity - like a natural disaster to solicit "business" door-to-door.
- They will use pressure tactics, saying you must commit immediately to lock-in the best pricing and get you to act before you have time to review your options.
- They take advantage of times when they expect people are home, such as evenings or weekends.
- If your home has been damaged by weather, scammers may attempt to convince you to sign-over the payment from your insurance company, or pay upfront in cash.
What You Should Do
- Pause and consider your options.
- Always get multiple bids, at least three, and request references.
- Get it in writing - every time.
- Expect to make an upfront deposit, but typically no more than a third of the total estimate. Use a credit card, check, or make financial arrangements.
Knowledge is power. You have the power to protect yourself from scams. Please share these tips with friends and family.