BBB Warns People About Home Improvement Scams

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ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – If you have some small home repairs around the house and have tried to call a handyman recently you may have found out they are hard to get a hold of and that’s because they’re simply just so busy.

With it being difficult to find a repairman for simple jobs that need fixed around the house, you many let your guard down so the Better Business Bureau is warning people before having something fixed what to look out for.

The BBB tells Erie News Now it’s important to do your research, never pay for the project up front and try to get at least quotes from three different businesses to know that you aren’t getting ripped off.

Caitlin Driscoll from the BBB explains some of the complaints they get every year regarding home improvement scams, “people hiring a business to perform work after paying some kind of deposit but, either the work is never preformed or never completed then there are issues with contacting and trying to get that refund.”

She also says how important it is to verify the businesses registration before signing any type of contract from home improvements.

“Any contractor that does at least $5,000 worth of work a year or $500 at any individual job is required to register through the Attorney Generals office,” says Driscoll. “But just keep in mind this is the only bare legal minimum so you really have to do all your other do diligence and checking with other resources like the BBB.”

To learn more about verifying a business click here.


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