Just Sign on the Bottom Line!

Summer 2000 CSANews Issue 35  |  Posted date : Mar 05, 2007.Back to list

Have you ever felt rushed into signing on the dotted line for some home improvement work? If you have, you're not alone. Each year, unscrupulous con artists dupe thousands of homeowners, and, unfortunately, seniors are prime targets.

Before starting any home renovation, do some research on your own. Learn as much as you can about the job to be done and don't be afraid to ask questions. A contractor who is honest will not mind explaining the job at hand, nor will he or she be insulted if you get a second opinion.

Read your contract thoroughly and, if possible, have a second pair of eyes take a look at it as well (preferably a legal pair of eyes). Is a payment schedule included? Are you allowed (whenever practical) to supply your own material?

Finally, be sure to check your contractor's track record. Ask for references and copies of their insurance, and check your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged against the company. The best word of advice? Go with your instinct. If something doesn't seem right, WALK AWAY.