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Cantor’s Corner: Don’t Fall for Contractor Scams

Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

Gregg Cantor
by Gregg Cantor

Resident Pro, The Approved Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

I was recently featured in a Channel 10 Consumer Alert story to help warn homeowners about unscrupulous contractors. North County has recently had a string of issues with a contractor charging outrageous fees and promising rebates that just don’t exist. As we’ve discussed before, there are some red flags to look out for when hiring a contractor so that you don’t fall for contractor scams.

Long-term relationship

Think of your  relationship with your contractor almost like a marriage. You need to be able to communicate easily and effectively. A key to this is getting everything on the table up front so that both parties have all the information needed to make good decisions.

Red flags

Be wary of contractors going door to door and those who use high-pressure sales tactics. Also look out for requests for large deposits or cash up front. Legally, a contractor is not allowed to ask for a deposit of more than 10% or $1,000, whichever is less.

Right of rescission

Should you ever sign a contract that you don’t quite feel right about, you have a three-day right of rescission, which means you can reverse your decision within that three-day window and void the agreement.

Signs of a true professional

A true professional will try to educate you during the process so that you are an informed homeowner. That’s exactly why I work with Approved Home Pros and am proud to work with the top quality pros that earn the Approved Home Pro seal.

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