Are you planning your years homes maintenance projects? How can you be sure you will not get ripped off by a dishonest tradesman? We have prepared a few things to watch out for to make sure you do not fall victim to a home repair scam.
Firstly, you may get different estimates for work done depending on what kind of neighborhood you live in. If you live in a wealthier area, you may get quoted more than someone who doesn’t. Try and get a quote for work without giving your address. That way it won’t be based on the area.
It’s a sad fact, but a lot of the time, the elderly are mostly targeted by con men. Be very aware of this when you are looking for a contractor. Be careful of tradesmen who come to your door or call you on the phone trying to get you to have work done. A con man will shy away from giving an address, so check all these facts before you decide to use them.
Make sure that the person you hire is licensed for the work they will be doing. Try to have them agree to a flat rate for the work. If not, they may add a lot more to the price they quoted. Get this fixed price written down and signed on a contract beforehand. Also, it is unwise to pay large deposits for the work, and do not pay for the whole job before it is done.
If you have any questions or concerns about the type of tradesmen to hire, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you.