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Don't fall for the bait this year. Photo courtesy of ToastyKen.

Avoid Scams

 
With the new year upon us, Stephanie Zimmerman has a resolution for all of us to follow: Let's not get scammed this year. Many points on her list apply to homeowners. Among her suggestions:
  • Do research on contractors before hiring, and never pay for a remodeling job upfront.
  • Read the fine print.
  • Save all contracts, sales agreements and warranties.
  • Find a good locksmith now and not when it's an emergency.
  • Keep a list of a good plumber, HVAC repair service and mechanic based on recommendations of friends and family. Maintain good relations with these people.



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scamming

01/12/2009 11:55 AM 697295a

I agree with these tips especially the one about not paying up front.

Giving a deposit is one thing, as a lot of contractors require that, since it is a risk to them of getting paid. The deposit helps with buying the supplies and materials needed to start the job.

But definitely hold on to the final payment until you are completely satisfied with the work (and the clean up). There have been a few times when I withheld payment until the yard was cleaned of debris from the construction job (and I mean big debris like leftover boards and such).

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Contracts

01/18/2009 02:09 PM markpainter

Contracts are such an important part of professionalism. It protects you the home owner and clarifies expectations with your contractors. Don't trust any job without a through contract signed by both parties.
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