HURRICANE SANDY – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ON THE EASTERN US COAST AND KEEP IN MIND IN CASE YOU HAVE TO HAVE WORK DONE FOR YOURSELF ON ANY FUTURE PROJECTS.

In the aftermath of storms such as Sandy, people are vulnerable to unscrupulous contractors/builders. Check with your state agency for contractors, architects, professional engineers to determine if they are licensed and/or have had any sanctions against them.

AVOID SCAMS BY:

• Before hiring a contractor, consumers should observe the following Tips
o Hire only licensed contractors.
o Check for a valid contractor license Get three references and review past work.
o Get at least three bids.
o Insist on a written contract and do not sign anything until you understand the terms.
o Pay 10 percent down or $1,000, whichever amount is less.
o Do not let payments get ahead of the work. Keep records of all payments.
o Do not make final payment until you are satisfied with the job.
o Do not pay cash.
o Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project (change orders, warranties, etc.).
o Take pictures during the process

SCAM SIGNALS:
o High-pressure or scare tactics (“offer good today only”)
o Over-friendly sales pitches
o “Material left-over”
o Escalating prices
o Deals that sound too good to be true

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