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BBB warns against home improvement scams

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Think twice before hiring a contractor without reading reviews first.

This is advice from the Better Business Bureau.

Whitney Quick has some tips for spotting home improvement scams.

“A common hook is when the scammer claims to be working in your neighborhood or on another project and they have leftover supplies. Once started, the contractor may find issues that increase the price dramatically if you object. and that he threatens to walk away and leave the job done, or he may accept your offer upfront with a deposit and never come back to work.We’ve talked about this with Natural Disasters. to assign their insurance payment,” Whitney Quick said.

“So one or two things to watch out for on this or a scam is to watch out for red flags. So say no to cash-only offers. If someone has high pressure selling tactics with you and we need to do it now with a high upfront payment. These are always red flags and no-contract handshake deals. You still want to get a contract and on-site inspections,” Quick said.

“Not all storm chasers are scammers, but you just need to be careful whenever a building contractor contacts you first, especially after a natural disaster. Ask for references and check them. So if someone comes to your house and offers to do something with your house, be sure to get references from them. If you get references from past clients, both older references to check quality of work and newer references to make sure current employees are still good,” she said.

“So be sure to check them out on bbb.org to see what other customers have experienced. They always say you get complaints on bbb.org and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. So, you can always go to our website, see how the company handles consumer complaints, which will give you a little idea of ​​what would happen if something went wrong during this or you were unhappy with their work , how they would handle it and fix it,” she said.

“And then also know the law. Work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing and insurance, confirm that your supplier will obtain relevant permits, and ensure you know who is responsible for what under your local laws and that your supplier is prepared to comply” , she said.

If you’re looking for a contractor, Quick recommends you go to BBB.org to find business backgrounds verified by the Better Business Bureau.

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