Avoiding Home Improvement Scams

Posted April 28, 2016

Spring is finally here and many homeowners will be embarking on home improvement projects. The Ulster County District Attorney’s Division of Consumer Affairs offers these warning signs that a home improvement contractor may not be reputable:

  • The contractor is hesitant to provide a written contract (or will not put verbal promises in writing).
  • The contract does not have the name, address or telephone number of the contractor.
  • The contractor is located out of county or out of state.
  • The contractor shows up uninvited and offers to seal your driveway, repair your roof or cut down a tree.
  • The consumer is asked to pay for the entire job in advance, or to pay in cash.
  • The contractor uses high pressure sales tactics, stating a special price is “only available today”.
  • The contractor is hesitant to furnish references.
  • The contractor has many judgments against him (judgments are filed with the County Clerk).
  • The contractor has unresolved consumer complaints on file with Consumer Affairs.

Doing some homework prior to hiring a contractor can save lots of time and money. Ulster County Consumer Affairs can be reached at 340-3260.