October 5, 2015
There are lots of reputable home improvement businesses that rely upon â€œperson-to-personâ€ marketing to get new customers. Unfortunately, there are also some undesirable contractors whose plan is to relieve you of your possessions and/or money while performing substandard, overpriced services that are void of any guarantee. Below is a short list of uninvited proposals you may encounter. Always remember that if you didnâ€™t ask the sales representative or contractor to come to your home, you should exercise caution when providing personal information or access to your home.
- Painters, window cleaners, carpet cleaners, etc.
- Lawn and yard care services
- Roofing and other repair services
- Anyone with a â€œfreeâ€ offer or an â€œin the areaâ€ special
Caution is the best approach when dealing with strangers. Some scam artists want to know details about your home security, so accomplices can break in later.
- Do not let an unknown person into your home without an appointment previously arranged through an office or service department.
- Ask for references or check the company through your local Better Business Bureau.
- Always ask for identification, including an employee number and a supervisorâ€™s phone number.