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Beware of Roofing Scams

With hurricane season upon us and a report of home repair scams up 60 percent over the past five years, now is the time to be wary of the old roofing repair scam. According to this page, roofing contractor scammers often target the elderly. They also heighten their activity before and during hurricane season when homeowners are most likely to question the integrity of the roof over their head.

The best bet to prevent being taken:
  1. Only employ licensed contractors. Verify the contractor's license number with the state.
  2. Insist on a written contract and have an attorney look it over.
  3. Never pay in cash.
  4. Don't provide a down payment greater than 10 percent of the total estimated cost.
  5. Be wary of door-to-door roofing contractors.

You may need some extra help to rid your home of smoke odors left behind from a former homeowner who smoked.

Getting Rid of Smoke Odors

If you are looking for a new home, you know that one big turnoff can be the smell of a place. Moving into a smokerís home as a non-smoker can be especially challenging for some people. If you still want the home but not the smell, here are some steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality.

1) Scrub down everything you can over the sink or outside.
2) Remove carpet and padding and replace if possible.
3) Use a heavy-duty primer to seal in smoke on the walls.
4) If necessary, clean ductworks and chimneys.
5) Wash baseboards with a lemon juice and water mixture.

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