How to Avoid the Infamous Contractor’s Scam?


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 hook is when the scammer claims to be working in your neighborhood on another project and has leftover supplies.

We’ve rounded up some best practices and recommendations issued by the BBB. This will hopefully help you stay on top of certain situations that you should identify as potential red flags.

Watch out for Red Flags

Say no to cash-only deals, high-pressure sales tactics, high upfront payments, handshake deals without a contract, and on-site inspections.

Ask for References and Check Them Out

Bad contractors will be reluctant to share this information and scammers won’t wait for you to do your homework. Get references from past customers, both older and newer references. Check them out at to see what other customers have experienced.

Use Caution When Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

Get a Written Contract with the Price, Materials, & Timeline

The more detail, the better. Know the law. Work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing, and insurance. Confirm that your vendor will get related permits and make sure you know who is responsible for what according to your local laws and that your vendor is ready to comply.


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