CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief offers tips to prevent home-improvement scams
Each spring and summer, professional home improvement scammers roam the U.S. in search of victims. They often target people who live in areas recently damaged by weather events and older adults, offering “deals” on home repairs.
Here are some tips provided by Lebanon Police Chief Randy Halstead to help you avoid falling for a scam:
— Beware contractors who appear uninvited at your doorstep or who call or email you out of the blue.
— The contractor says they are doing work in your neighborhood and claims they have “extra material” left over.
— You feel pressured to make a decision and sign a contract for the work immediately.
— The contractor offers a “special deal” available “only today”.
— The contractor points out a “problem” with your home that you never noticed yourself before. Some unscrupulous scam artists have been known to offer “free inspections” and then break something on purpose so they can be paid to “fix” the problem.
— The contractor demands full payment up front, particularly if payment is demanded in cash.
— The contractor lacks identification, such as a permit from the city or locality.
— Offers to give you a discount so that your home can be used as a “model” or if you find additional customers for him/her.
— The contractor offers to help finance the project, either from his own funds or the funds of an associate, especially if your home equity or home deed is involved.
— The contractor insists you come and examine “damage” with him (while an associate steals valuables from your home).
Bottom line: If you didn't request it, reject it.