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Scam Alert: Home Improvement Scams

11/19/2013 10:15am

Older adults, especially those in Kent County, are being advised to be careful when working with contractors for home improvements. The Grand Rapids Police Department has received a number of phone calls concernering contractors going door to door and convincing homeowners that they need work done that may not be necessary. The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition urges seniors to pay attention to the following before having any home improvement work done

  1. Always get references from a contractor before you agree to a project
  2. Don’t agree to work “on the spot”, ask for an estimate and take time to look it over before making any decision.
  3. Never put down more than 50%
  4. Be skeptical of those who go door to door to solicit home improvement business, while they may be a legitimate company, it’s always a much safer when you initiate the call yourself
  5. Get another estimate, most companies/contractors will offer a free estimate and have them go over the estimate with you if you have any questions.

 

If feel you have been a victim of a scam artist, contact your local police immediately.

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