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Home Improvement Guide 2007
On the money
Whether it's a fresh coat of paint or a total home renovation, sooner or later it comes down to paying for it.
On the money
It might be a remodeling scam if ...


There are warning signs, say experts, that your remodeling contractors may be scam artists -- or simply shoddy at what they do.

Here are some signs.

You may be a scam target if your would-be contractor:
Solicits door-to-door.
Offers you a deal on materials from another job.
Only accepts cash.
Needs a commitment today.
Pushes you to sign a contract.
Offers a special low rate because the job is a "demo" or will be used in advertising.
Isn't listed in the telephone book.
Phone calls only lead to voice mail or answering machine.
Fails to provide references and credentials or can't verify references and credentials.
Has an unverifiable business license and insurance.
Offers to cut his price if you find him other customers.
Wants you to pay for the entire job upfront.
Wants you to pay a salesperson instead of the company.
Offers an unusually long guarantee.
Wants you to get the building permits.
-- Posted: April 4, 2007
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