We’re all trying to make our money go a little further these days. That may include more do-it-yourself projects around the house instead of hiring someone to do the job. But when home repair and construction projects require outside help, make sure you do your homework before you sign a contract or pay any money.
While there are many reputable contractors who do a good job, my office gets hundreds of complaints each year about repair jobs that are never finished, contractors who abandon the job after getting paid, substandard work, missed deadlines, and cost overruns. We also hear about scam artists who target seniors, attempting to talk homeowners into a series of unnecessary and expensive projects.
Just this past year, my Consumer Protection Division stopped several home repair schemes that cost homeowners thousands of dollars, including a South Carolina company that pressured consumers into paying for unnecessary duct cleaning, a Hickory replacement window company that forced homeowners to pay money they didn’t owe, a roofer who ripped off homeowners and businesses in the Raleigh area, and three different driveway pavers that overcharged seniors for shoddy work.
Don’t fall victim to a home repair rip off. To protect your money and your home: