May is National Remodeling Month
Hire a Pro, Not a Con
As sure as spring is the season when many homeowners are inspired to make improvements to their home, this spring there will also be reports of rogue contractors conning Pennsylvania homeowners. Consumers who are planning home improvement projects should consider some important advice before hiring a contractor.
Below is a list of warning signs that should indicate a contractor is not on the level: A contractor approaches you about damage to your property.
- You’re told you’ve been chosen as a demonstration project at a special price. You’re told a contract “won’t be necessary.”
- You’re asked to pay for the entire job upfront.
- You’re told the price is only good for today.
- The contractor can’t provide references.
- You can’t verify a business address.
- You can’t find the contractor in the Home Improvement Contractor list through the Attorney General’s office. (Although registration is no indication of the quality of work provided, it is the law in PA.)
- High-pressure sales tactics
- Free inspection – “Pay only if I find something.”
The Pennsylvania Builders Association – along with your local home builders association can help you find and hire a reputable contractor in PA. Click here for more info.
To report a fraudulent contractor, contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800.441.2555 or visit the PA Attorney General’s website.