Wednesday, August 25, 2010

5 Tips on How to Avoid Home Repair Scams

Monsoon season has officially hit many parts of the country! Rain falls in buckets, rivers swell and in some extreme cases buildings are flooded. Water damage to homes and businesses will call for costly repairs. It is in the time of small disasters like this that the con artists come crawling out.

In Chicago, many homes were flooded last month and to the despair of the residents many of them were duped into home repair scams. The Better Business Bureau of Illinois caught on and release a few tips on how to avoid being enticed into a scam. Residents all over the country should take these tips into consideration during these months of heavy rain.

  1. Do not hire people who show up at your door offering discounted prices for agreements made that day
  2. Get quotes from multiple contractors to ensure you are getting a reasonable price
  3. Demand a written contract stating the price of the work and exactly what is to be done
  4. Be wary of contractors that demand full compensation up front
  5. Never pay in cash. Paying by credit card will protect you more.


  1. This blog is very true. There are alot of people out there who practice bad business ethics. Natural disasters can be bad and maybe insurance does not cover it all. I know that when it comes to most of my home repairs especially my plumbing repairs. I have only a hand full of people I trust. Having a bond with your repairman also helps.

  2. You can always do some research in the internet. First of all, you have to know all the details and background of the company the repairman is part of. If it's of a legal nature, he will certainly tell you everything about it. Most importantly, don't put your whole trust on someone you just met. Weighing things out before deciding is the safest, most effective way.

    Brendan Gertner

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