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BBB warns of home improvement schemes



 

BBB warns of home improvement schemes

BBB warns of home improvement schemes
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As warmer weather makes its way to New England, Better Business Bureau is warning residents to be aware of home improvement schemes.

Spring is notorious for being the time when homeowners make repairs and clean out their belongings — and BBB says that it is also a time for schemers to strike.

So far in 2015, almost half of the businesses most frequently inquired about on bbb.org are related to home improvement.

These businesses include general contractors, roofers, painters and landscapers.

“Spring in a busy season for home improvement projects,” said Paula Flemming of BBB. “Unfortunately, it also becomes a high season for home improvement scams.”

In just a few months, the bureau has received more than 137,000 complaints and inquiries about home improvement businesses.

According to BBB, homeowners are advised to be on the lookout for contractors who promise work at discounted prices.

“Before hiring a contractor on the spot, be sure to do your research,” said Fleming. “There are many local contractors with a good track record that will deliver quality work on time and within budget.”

Homeowners are encouraged to:

  • Check Out a Business: Be sure to check out any business before hiring them.
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BBB: Beware of home improvement business scams
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As the weather warms up and Charlotte-area residents start ramping up home improvement projects, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for home improvement business scams.

According to the BBB in Charlotte, nine of the top 20 types of businesses that area consumers are researching on its online directory are home-related and include, among several others, plumbers, electricians, homebuilders and tree services, the BBB said.

Complaints about those businesses generally start coming in during the first week of April, said Tom Bartholomy, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont in Charlotte.

Normally, Bartholomy said, the top two complaint generators are roofing contractors and general contractors, which in North Carolina aren’t required to have competency licenses for most projects.

“Unless they’re doing jobs that are going to cost more than $ 30,000, they don’t have to get a license to do that,” Bartholomy said. “They need basically a business card and a hammer and they can call themselves a contractor.”

In South Carolina, Bartholomy said, if roofing or general contractors take on projects for more than $ 2,000 to…………… continues on Charlotte Observer

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