Be cautious when a contractor appears uninvited at your door. While not all door-to-door contractors are scammers,
many scammers do work door-to-door. Home improvement scams often flourish in the wake of emergencies,
especially violent storms like hurricanes and tornadoes. Here are some red flags to help you spot a contractor that
might not be reputable:
Do they claim to just “happen to be” in your neighborhood?
Do they suggest they can offer a lower price because they have “materials left over” from a previous job?
Do they pressure you to make a quick decision or insist that you have to pay upfront… and in cash?
Are they able to offer any credentials or references for their past good work?
Do they suggest that your safety is at risk if you don’t make the repairs they suggest?
Are they unwilling to put things in writing, suggest that they would want to avoid permits, or refuse to guarantee the
quality their work?
Lastly, if a contractor offers a price that sounds too good to be true… it probably is.
If you think you’ve been scammed by a contractor, address the issue with them first before pursuing legal action, but
choosing a reputable contractor up front is the best way to avoid problems altogether.