One of the largest purchases in our lives is a home. All of our hard work and efforts materialize in acquiring a property or house. That’s our private space and our shelter, and we commit to have it as neat and special as a home can be. Homeowners prepare for each season, and save money for those long wanted home improvements. With home improvement costs so high, homeowners have to shop with caution and be very selective when spending their hard-earned money on a home improvement project. Whether it’s remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, or adding an addition to your house, these projects are a major expense. Making matters worse, home improvement scams and unprofessional workmanship are on the rise. As a result, many choose to get a background check investigation on their chosen company or contractor prior to making a payment.
Wymoo International recently published a video on how to avoid these type of scams, as seen in the U.S. News and World Report article, How to Spot a Home Contractor Scam. Wymoo® is an international private investigation firm specializing in fraud and scam prevention, and lowering risk for clients through background checks and due diligence. The video is quite helpful.
In the U.S. the majority of victims are seniors, who are being taking advantage of these criminals who pose a risk to our communities. They use fake website and business cards, and visit homes and appear to have all the knowledge and skills to do the job. They are friendly and inviting. They are con men! Experts say it’s important to verify your contractor with your state. Ask for the contractor’s license number to verify with your state’s licensing board. Call the Better Business Bureau to see if the contractor has any history of complaints. Ask for 3 references, and contact at least two of them. When possible, get a referral for a company or contractor from a trusted neighbor or friend. Lastly, search the internet for the contractor or company name for any negative history. And never make a large upfront payment without seeing some work done.
© 2013 A. Hathaway