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Ways to Avoid Home Improvement Fraud

by Mary Nielsen 04/28/2019

Do the echoing thumps of a hammer, or the high pitched-squeals of a table saw trigger any Deja-vu? That is right, the season of home improvement is officially here. Whether you are adding a deck, installing a new window or perhaps replacing a roof, the fact is you're most likely going to hire a contractor to make this happen.

To avoid falling victim to home improvement fraud, you need to know how they operate and the techniques they use. Once equipped with this knowledge, it's tough to become a victim of the scam.

It's crucial to research and ask questions about their services before hiring a contractor. However, you can never be too careful, so brace yourself with these tips on how to identify a contractor that is trying to defraud you:

  1. Your contractor states that their service to you is going to be a demonstration. 
  2. They prefer you pay in full before work commences.
  3. They give a lifetime or unrealistic warranty.
  4. Their business number is unregistered on any directories.
  5. They pressure you into making hasty decisions.

Contractor scams are one of the most significant issues in the contract industry, and those who fall a victim, end up spending thousands of dollars to remedy the situation. According to many victims, scammers work by putting you off balance and luring you into a vulnerable position that allows them to drain you out financially before you even know what's happening.

A common trick used by scam artists is to knock at your door and offer to do a free inspection. At the mention of free, you let your guide down and in turn, pay for things you know nothing about later.

Another example of contractor scams is the roofing scam. These scammers are popularly known as storm chasers. They travel the country, looking for desperate and vulnerable homeowners to scam under the guise of roofing. They do a poor job and most often, leave the town afterward, thereby ensuring the homeowner is stranded and swindled.

From the above tips, you can understand how they work and counter their manipulative techniques without any hurdle. In addition to being informed, whenever you’re in doubt, always remember not to be in haste to make decisions. Avoid the offer of free home inspections without proper verification and lastly, don't permit work without a duly signed contract. Knowledge is power, and that is the best tool you have against contractor scammers.

About the Author

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Mary Nielsen

 Mary Nielsen, is a leading real estate broker in San Antonio and owner of Perfect Home Realty.  Her real estate experience started as a young child working with her father, a real estate agent and investor. She settled in San Antonio long term in 2011 and entered sales full time in 2013. Mary holds the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Counsel of Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Military Relocation Professional (MRP), & Historic Home Specialist (HHS) titles, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MA) in counseling, and Master of Engineering Science (MES) in Computer Science. Mary serves on the REALTOR® Image & Community Outreach committee and is a participant in the 2019 Texas Realtor Leadership Program.  With Mary’s history and experience with 8 moves around the country, she has a particular passion for families in need of relocation and people searching for new home construction. Mary has helped 80+ families with $14 million in sales. Mary has personally invested in real estate since 1997. She has built a personal single and multi-family home portfolio of over $2 million in value, and is partnered in two apartment complexes totaling 417 units. She is a regular volunteer with Texas Ramp Project, Animal Defense League, and Haven for Hope. Client education & consistent communication are cornerstone to her business. Mary Nielsen is ready to be your trusted full-service real estate consultant.