Happy Homes U.S.A.
V - 3 March - April 2013 N - 4
Special Spring Edition!
by HGRBS Staff
[Here are a few quotations relative to home improvement fraud situations in the United States. These are significant in that they speak very clearly and helpfully to you as a homeowner or homerenter in America].
On Storm Chasers
“Anytime we have storms, tornados and there’s clean up, you will see what we call ‘storm chasers’...(these are) people that look for this situation and take advantage of victims.”
John O’Hara, CEO, Better Business Bureau, Southeastern District
On Advance Payments
“Too often we see cases where home repair businesses require upfront payment, and then fail to do the work…We will continue to pursue these sham repair businesses to seek restitution for the customers they cheated and to protect future consumer from being victimized.” Christ Koster, State Attorney General, Missouri
“Too often we see cases where home repair businesses require upfront payment, and then fail to do the work…We will continue to pursue these sham repair businesses to seek restitution for the customers they cheated and to protect future consumer from being victimized.”
Christ Koster, State Attorney General, Missouri
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On Being Familiar
"They [corrupt contractors] build a relationship and they keep coming back to the well......They befriend you."
Lt. Steve Fonke, Cary P.D., North Carolina
On Doing Your Research
"Repairs on your home can carry a hefty price, which means consumers can never do too much mome work before deciding on a contractor."
Greg Zoeller, State Attorney General, Minnesota
Bennington Contractor Charged
This is an interesting report by Keith Whitcomb, Jr. It's one which is extraoridinarily ideal for emphasizing the importance of obtyaining backghround information and recent references from reisdential contractors.
The gist of the report is that a homeowner of Bennington, Vermont made a "gentleman's agreement" (handshake) on what was initially a $30,000.00 contract. Later of course, the homeowner was encouraged by friends to have it all put in writing. Nevertheless, that didn't seem to have much affect on the inevitable outcome.
The advance cash was towards a slew of interior and exterior home improvement projects. In the end, this poor homeowner paid $50,000.00 for little to no work results.
Have you any idea how this ever happened? Maybe the story is a bit too harsh or heartbreaking for you. Maybe not. Anyway, here's the story:
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