Attorney General Stein’s June Column: Home Repair Scams

Steer Clear of Home Repair Scams this Summer

Attorney General Josh Stein
June 2022

Summers can be a great time to make home repairs and improvements. But this summer, contractors may need to raise their prices to keep up with higher costs from supply chain issues and worker shortages. Reliable and trustworthy contractors will raise prices only as much as they need to. You need to be on the lookout for scammers who take advantage of the situation by charging high costs without cause or do shoddy, unreliable work that leaves you in the lurch. Here are some tips to save your hard-earned money.

Always do your research about a company before you decide to do business with them. Don’t be fooled by a salesperson’s promises or a flashy website. Look up their services online to view customer reviews and ensure that the company is legitimate. Check with the Better Business Bureau and our office’s Consumer Protection Division to learn if consumers filed complaints about the company. Also, check to make sure the contractor is licensed – by law, a contractor must be licensed if a project costs $30,000 or more.

Get written estimates from at least three companies before doing business. Gathering multiple offers will help ensure that you aren’t getting ripped off with unfair prices.

Always insist on a written contract and know about your right to cancel. Under state law, you can cancel a contract up to three days after you sign, and the contract must provide instructions on…

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