Spring is here, the perfect time to start home improvement projects before the extreme heat of summer sets in. As more and more people gear up to start their projects, more and more home improvement scammers come out of the woodwork.
According to the BBB in 2017 there were over 350 reports of home improvement scams, with people reporting losses totalling over $600,000.
Below are some tips to avoid falling victim to common home improvement scams:
- Be cautious of contractors wanting payment upfront for services. Any reputable contractor will not require a full payment before starting.
- “This offer is only valid today.” Don’t let anyone convince you that there is only one day to make an important decision, and investment, for your home. Do your homework and take your time researching!
- Check licensing. One of the easiest and quickest places to check is to go to: http://www.azroc.gov/roc/contractorsearch.html and make sure that the contractor has all of the proper credentials. Each contractor has to go through an extensive process including background checks, exams and meet rigorous experience requirements.
- Always check references. If the contractor cannot provide you with at least three, it should be a red flag that you need to go elsewhere.
- Go with a reputable home improvement company like Lifetime. All of our installers are in-house employees, they are carefully vetted, certified and have years of experience backing their work- giving you the peace of mind that you have a team of veteran professionals giving their all to your project.
There are a lot of scams out there, but with a little research, it is easy to not fall victim to these fly by night contractors. Give us a call today to find out more, or to get started on your spring home improvement project!