Door-to-door scammers are already out in many communities, taking advantage of homeowners who are looking to undertake home improvement projects as the weather warms.
Report from Paula Antolini
April 21, 2016 9:36PM EDT
Warning from Danbury Police & Dept. of Consumer Protection About Door-to-Door Home Repair Scammers
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION, DANBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT
ISSUE WARNING ABOUT TRAVELING PAVERS
Door-to-door scammers are already out in many communities, taking advantage of homeowners who are looking to undertake home improvement projects as the weather warms. It is better to approach a respected company, such as an electrician malvern has to offer, instead of accepting the deal from someone who comes to you.
In May of 2015, the Danbury Police Department received a fraud complaint from a homeowner that told the police he came home and found workers in the process of cleaning the driveway. The workers told him that his wife hired them to seal and resurface the driveway. The complainant paid $2,750 to the workers and later learned that his wife did not agree to the work and never signed a contract with the pavers. Upon inspection, it was determined that the driveway was not repaired or resealed; instead a very small amount of a substandard sealant was applied.
• Verify that the contractor is registered in Connecticut as a home improvement contractor by looking up their credentials at www.elicense.ct.gov, or contacting the Department of Consumer Protection.
• Check with your town for any required permits, and have them in place before work begins.
• Have your contractor provide all warranties and guarantees in writing.
• Always get a signed and dated contract for paving work; it will protect you from potential damages or misunderstandings
• You have a three day notice of cancellation that allows you to change your mind, make sure you know how to contact the company to cancel if you want.
To verify a contractor’s registration, please visit www.elicense.ct.gov, or call the Department of Consumer Protection at (860) 713-6110, toll-free at 1-800-842-2649.
To file a complaint, you can email the Department at email@example.com. For other questions, call the hotline at 860.713.6300. You are also encouraged to get in contact your local police department.