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Cleaning up without getting cleaned out

by Federal Trade Commission

Roof Repair

I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to say “uncle” to Old Man Winter.

This year’s record-breaking snowfalls, downed trees, roof collapses, mudslides, flooding and frozen pipes are leaving overwhelming clean-up and recovery in their wake. … Continue Reading

Summer Storms? Watch Out for Scam Contractors

by Council of the Better Business Bureau

Roof Repair

After approving the work, several things may happen. Some storm chasers complete the job as described. However, poor craftsmanship and materials mean that you need the roof repaired again a few months later, when the business has moved on to a new storm-damaged region. … Continue Reading

Before You Hire a Contractor

by Federal Trade Commission

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Once you’ve narrowed your options, get written estimates from several firms. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder. Ask for an explanation to see if there’s a reason for the difference in price. … Continue Reading

Finding a Contractor

by Federal Trade Commission

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Adding a room, renovating a basement, or doing some much-needed repairs? Finding a good contractor is important — a home improvement project gone wrong can cost you. A good ad isn’t proof a contractor does quality work. Find out for yourself. … Continue Reading

Corrupt Contractors: Avoiding Home Improvement Fraud

by RB Roberts

Roof Repair

Normally, as a home owner or home renter, you’ve got things you need to get done around your property. Perhaps, you want to replace the light fixture or build a full deck in your back yard. Let’s assume you’ve already selected the residential contractor and know it’s a $1200.00 project. Of course, he’s going to need some sort of down payment.
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