03/01/06 - Recent News from the Mayor's Office

How to Spot a Crooked Contractor

In the March 2006 issue of "This Old House" there was an article titled "How To Spot A Crooked Contractor", by Natalie Rodriguez. I would like to share this with everybody.


As we've all seen in recent news reports, natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina attract predators en masse. Of Particular concern are phony contractors, who knock on the doors of distraught homeowners and offer to repair damaged roofs or remove fallen trees. They take a hefty deposit, but never return to do the work. Of course, these fraudsters don't just come round after bad weather. The following tips from "This Old House" general contractor Tom Silva and the National Association of Home Builders will help you spot a crook under any conditions.

Beware of a contractor who:

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