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By Paul Brucker
When spring arrives, homeowners’ thoughts often turn to home maintenance, repair and renovation. And plenty of home contractor scammers are ready to take advantage of those thoughts.
Beware of the knock on your door from a contractor who offers you the opportunity to be swindled. Perhaps the homes in your area were storm damaged this winter and he proposes to come to your rescue with a quick, low-cost repair. Or he may claim to have just finished a driveway job nearby with a lot of paving material left over so he’ll do your driveway for a cut-rate price. He may even point out problems with your home that you’ve never noticed and pressure you with a today-only, special deal.
At any rate, it’s best to be in the buyer-beware mode if you get a contractor offer from out of the blue, via a visit to your home, a flyer on your porch, a phone call or an email.
Whether or not your home sustained damage from our recent winter, you may be in the market this spring for a home clean up, maintenance or improvement. Here are some pointers to hire the right contractor for the job: