Your decision to do a home improvement project or make a home repair should not be a quick choice like grabbing a candy bar while you are in line at the grocery store. So when a home repair contractor knocks on your door, make sure you do your homework. Check with the BBB and here are a few more tips….
Tips to avoid traveling contractor scams
- Be wary of contractors who approach you with unsolicited offers or stories of “just being in the neighborhood.”
- Do not feel pressured by “special offers” or deals on “left over” materials.
- Be cautious of contractors with out-of-state license plates.
- Get multiple estimates for home improvement projects.
- Get references for recent work and check those references (ask other consumers if they were happy with the work that was performed, if there were any problems and if they would hire that contractor again.)
- Research businesses carefully before signing any contract.
- Do not conduct business with an unlicensed/unregistered contractor.
- Never pay in cash. Cash only contractors should raise a red flag to consumers.
- Pay in full only when the job is complete and you are satisfied.
- For larger projects, costing $5,000 or more, state law requires that contractors not charge more than 1/3 the cost of the project as a down payment.
Commonwealth Remodeling has been in business in the Pittsburgh metro area over 70 years and we are A+ BBB rated. If you have a home repair, home improvement project, kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation, please call us today at 412-243-4200 or email us using the form on the right.