Quote[/b] ]The BBB offers these tips for protecting against home repair scams:
*First, get estimates from at least three companies.
*Make sure the contractor has a history of doing work in the community.
*Once you pick a contractor, get the agreement in writing.
*Make sure they give you legitimate phone numbers and an address.
And here is the most important tip: do not pay the full amount up front in any form. Howard recommends setting up a "pay as you" go checklist, paying as phases of work are completed, instead of before any work is complete.