Warm weather brings con artists
Summer brings with it many beautiful things, but it also seems to beget more con artists who prey on homeowners, especially senior citizens. These scam artists show up at your door offering a variety of products and services - from household cleaners and magazines to tree trimming and roof repair. Some may offer to pave your driveway with leftover materials from a previous job, mow your lawn or remodel your house for a very low price.
These fly-by-night operators often drive vehicles with out-of-state license plates or set up temporary offices from which they can move quickly once authorities are on their trail. Many rush to communities that have had heavy storm damage and offer to immediately repair homes when reputable companies have a waiting list.
Before you pay money to anyone who uses this type of approach - and before you allow any unknown individual into your home - the BBB suggests that you do the following:
Remember, any legitimate company that wants your business will be more than willing to allow you the time to "check them out." Don't fall prey to high-pressure sales pitches, such as "this is the only chance you have" or "the extra materials will be gone by tomorrow." If you have an expensive repair, be especially cautions of these offers and obtain bids from several companies. Don't always go for the lowest bid - in many cases, you'll get exactly what you pay for.