In this day and age, it is easy to get scammed or ripped off. For this reason, we’re always looking for ways to protect our homes and our money.
Older adults can be particularly vulnerable if they believe a contractor knocking on the door is a good samaritan.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your home and your money safe:
- No the red flags. And knock on your door. Be skeptical about anyone who knocks on your door and offers to make repairs.
- Because of contractors pressuring you to make an immediate decision. Or one who claims to have leftover materials from another job. You also want to be wary of those who will only accept cash.
- Do your research. Take the time to check the background of the contractor. You should also check your Better Business Bureau to see if the contractor or company has any complaints against them.
- Get estimates. Get written estimates from multiple contractors before you enter into a contract with one. It’s a recommendation to get at least three bids from contractors that you’ve researched and have proper licenses and insurance.
- Get a contract. Make sure everything is in writing before the contractor starts work on your home.
Following these simple tips will help you feel at ease when making a decision and avoid being ripped off.