Home repair scams, it’s almost that time of the year for them to start popping back up in Riverside County. If you’re like me, then you don’t want to be taken advantage of by a scam artist. That’s why Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service, the most trusted experts for Thousand Palms, CA garage door repair, service, and installation, has been focusing on educating our readers on how to avoid a home repair scam.
Over the course of the last three posts, we’ve mainly been talking about tips for homeowners. These tips will help you make sure that the contractor you’re thinking about hiring is, indeed, a legit business and not a scammer. At the bottom of this post, you’ll find several links to these previous articles. Please take the time to go back and read them, so you’ll be more informed on how to avoid a future home repair ruse.
In today’s piece about home repair scams, we’ll be focusing our attention on the most common forms of these types of scams. This way if you’re ever presented with a scenario like the ones below, you’ll be able to determine if it is a scam or not. For the best Thousand Palms CA garage door repair, services, and new installation in the new year, be sure to call Hanson Overhead. Our low prices and unbeatable customer service will blow you away!
Common Home Repair Scams to Be Aware of!
Unfortunately, the senior community is the hardest hit when it comes to home repair scams. If you’re a senior, it’s important for you to be extra careful, especially when dealing with door-to-door sales people. If your home is ever approached by a solicitor, never open the door to the stranger. Ask them to leave the information on the doorstep and you will call them back if you’re interested.
Seniors are also subject to high-pressure sales and safety scams. If a contractor insists that other areas of your home are extremely unsafe and that you need to have it fixed that day, refuse. If the contractor pressures you by informing you that the special offer is only good for that day, refuse. Always get a second, and even a third, opinion on repair needs and pricing.
Bait and Switch Scam
This is a tactic that is still very commonly used, even by companies that you’d think would be reputable. It’s unfortunate, and it’s called the bait and switch. Companies will usually run a promotion advertising some extremely low-priced special to get your attention. The scam works by using this advertising to gain an onsite appointment at your home. When the technician arrives to do the small job, you wind up paying for a really big job.
Just like we mentioned above, if the technician starts pointing all these major safety hazards that need to be fixed right away, refuse to have the work done right then. Only confirm them to do the job you hired them for. Schedule a new appointment for any future work. This will allow you to get another opinion from a different contractor.
When you seek out your second opinion, never reveal too many details of why you’re calling. Giving too many preconceived ideas could cost you a few extra hundred dollars. For instance, if a contractor knows you’re calling because you think something is broken within your home, you might get told it needs repairing regardless of whether it actually needing fixing or not.
We briefly touched on this in one of our last posts, but if you have a contractor showing up at your door claiming they have some leftover product and can cut you a deal, cut them loose instead. This is a scam that’s been used over and over all over California. You might even look outside and see a work-truck loaded with extra work materials, however, this is just a facade to fool you into giving them a down payment.
These scammers usually make their rounds in the afternoons or on weekends. Once you give them a few hundred dollars for a down payment, they’ll only give you a few hours of shoddy work before they make an excuse on why they have to leave. Then you’ll never hear from them again.
Another trick with leftover scams is that the contractor will actually do the work you hired them to do, except the work material is substandard or defective. The materials are not leftover from another job, they’re simply unusable.
Prices Too Low to Believe
Have you ever heard that old saying about if something is too good to be true, then it usually is? Well the same holds true with home repair work. If the price seems way too low, then you’re not getting a good deal. Nope, you’re getting scammed. For instance, if you’ve been quoted by several contractors that the work is going to cost around $2,000, yet Joe Schmoe Contracting can do it for $500, then Joe Schmoe might be trying to scam you.
For more great tips on how to avoid getting scammed by a shady home repair company, be sure to check out our last three posts on this topic. In part one of this series, we talked about the importance of getting multiple bids and estimates, how to find out if they have a local business address, and more. Click below to read part one.
Part two discussed how and where to find the best online reviews, how to use onsite detection skills, like being aware of company logos, uniforms, business cards, and lots more. Click the link below to jump to part two.
Part three of this series touched on why you should never pay 100% upfront, the importance of good documentation and pictures, and what a high pressure sale could look like. Click the link below to take a look at part three.
If you need to save money on garage door service, repair, or a new install, please keep reading to see how Hanson Overhead Garage Door Service can help you and your bank account in 2017!
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