Contractor Caution

Be especially cautious if a contractor: comes door-to-door or seeks you out; just happens to have material left over from a recent job; tells you your job will be a "demonstration;" offers you discounts for finding him/her other customers; quotes a price that's out of line with other estimates; pressures you for an immediate decision; offers exceptionally long guarantees; can only be reached by leaving messages with an answering service;
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Home Improvement Scams

Every year, the National Association of Attorneys General lists home-improvement scams as one of the top-ten consumer problems. Here are a few signs to look out for: Out-of-town or unknown contractors or builders; Contractors who use the term "special introductory offer," "limited-time offer," or who offer any discount to use your house as a "model home"; Contractors who want a contract signed quickly; Contractors who want to discuss the price of the job later; Anyone who uses high-pressure tactics or makes you feel uncomfortable or pressured; A company that demands that you make full payment before the project is finished.
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