There may come a time when a homeowner is faced with the issue of dealing with hiring someone to complete a home repair project. While there are many reputable home repair companies, there are also several companies and individuals who are dishonest and only looking to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. The following warning signs and tips are meant to help homeowners avoid becoming victims of a home repair scam.
You should be wary of any salesperson that:
- Comes to your home uninvited to solicit work.
- Talks quickly (meant to confuse you) or pressures you into signing papers immediately.
- Tells you that he/she is doing work in your neighborhood and has "extra materials" left over from another job.
As a homeowner you can further protect yourself by:
- Getting at least two estimates for your project.
- Check out the contractor or company. (Try the Better Business Bureau or the Missouri Attorney General's Office)
- Do not sign a contract unless: it includes a detailed description of the work to be completed and what materials will be used; all of the contractor's promises are in writing; it includes the starting date and estimated completion date; all other terms and conditions, including pricing, is what you agreed to.
- Obtain a copy of all contracts and related paperwork.
- Do not pay for repairs in advance of any work being done.
If you think that you may have been the victim of a scam, contact the Chesterfield Police Department at 636-537-3000.