Many Ambit Energy Customers and Consultants hire contractors for renovation projects during the summer, but you need to be cautious as you research contractors and know the red flags of a potential home improvement scam. Unfortunately, home improvement scams rise during the summer because con artists know that more homeowners will want renovations done around the house while the weather is warm. There are fraudulent contractors who prey on homeowners and they wind up performing poor or incomplete work, and in some cases, none at all.
Home improvement projects are undoubtedly an investment. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeowners pay more than $3,000 a year on renovations, which makes it all the more important for you to create a plan and follow the tips below before picking a contractor. It’s critical that you know the signs of a home improvement scam. See below for some tips Ambit Energy provides on how to spot a home improvement scam.
If you’re considering hiring a home remodeling contractor, we hope you’ll remember these helpful tips. Scam home improvement cons are something we want to prevent for our loyal Customers and everyone else.
We also recommend that you visit the Federal Trade Commission website. The agency provides an excellent online guide that covers different aspects of hiring a contractor that need to be considered in order to protect yourself. Many states also mandate that contractors be licensed. You can learn the licensing requirements in your area by contacting your local consumer protection agency, which can be found on the USA.gov website.
With any investment, it’s important to do your research and take your time in making a decision. And when it comes to your house, you want to be cautious about who you hire to perform home improvements in order to avoid a costly disaster.