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Location: Mars Hill, NC, United States

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Mars Hill, NC Homeowners & Buyers: Spotting Home Improvement Fraud

It is only before the age of 50 that most of us engage in the do it yourself aspects of home improvement. After that, dollars spent nationally begins to lean heavily towards contractors. As such, the subject of spotting scams in the industry would be a worthwhile subject for today.

One does not need to look very far to find that the common signs of home improvement scam are agreed upon, and these include:
-soliciting door to door
-has materials "left over from another job"
-no phone listing in local business directories
-offers discounts if you find more clients, accepts only cash, asks you to get the required building permits, etc.

Good "Spot the Signs of Home Improvement Fraud" Pages:
The Better Business Bureau
The Federal Trade Commission
Find Local BBB
File Complaint With The BBB
Search a Company With The BBB
Mars Hill, NC Yellow Pages

Some areas of scam not normally addressed would include radon, chimneys, and termites, worth reading for those with fireplaces in the Wolf Laurel area:
Chimney, Termites and Radon Scams
National Chimney Sweeps Guild Page

Lastly, as they often do, a good extensive resource from AARP on the matter.

Thanks for stopping by,
Tom Ploski
Black Bear Realty Home Page
828 689 2055
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Filed Under: Tips for Buyers, Tips for Sellers, Tips for Mountain Homeowners

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