Use caution when hiring a home improvement contractor, especially after a major storm, flood or other weather event, when many homeowners are trying to repair their homes.
However, contractor scams can happen any time, so be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, up-front fees and fly-by-night businesses. Con artists will take homeowners’ money and deliver (or not deliver) less than quality work.
How the scam works
Home improvement scams can start with a knock on the door, a flyer or an ad. The contractor may offer a low price or a short time frame. One common