An Apartment Building

Signs of a Home Improvement Scam

August 26, 2016
How can you tell if a contractor might not be reputable?
You may not want to do business with someone who:

  • knocks on your door for business or offers you discounts for finding other customers

  • just happens to have materials left over from a previous job

  • pressures you for an immediate decision

  • only accepts cash, asks you to pay everything up-front, or suggests you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows

  • asks you to get the required building permits

  • tells you your job will be a "demonstration” or offers a lifetime warranty or long-term guarantee

  • doesn’t list a business number in the local telephone directory

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Information provided by the Federal Trade Commission.