Safety & Security

How to Avoid Home Repair Problems and Scams

Tips provided by the Allegheny County Bar Association

There are many reputable and honest home repair persons and contractors, but, unfortunately, we hear about how dishonest persons prey on innocent homeowners or the elderly, take their hard earned money and leave them stuck with uncompleted repairs and projects.

  • Generally, you will be best served by dealing with local contractors who have an actual place of business and have been recommended by friends, family members, or reputable building supply stores. Be wary of unmarked or out-of-state trucks.
  • If you have been tricked into signing a contract by a door-to-door salesperson, you do have the right to cancel a door-to-door purchase within three days of the purchase if the item sold is for $25.00 or more. The seller has to give you written notice of that right and must tell you that you have the right to cancel. As long as you return whatever goods have been sold to you in the same condition, you are entitled to a refund of the money you have paid out. Keep in mind though that you must be able to find the person who sold you the items and took your money in order to get the refund. This is why it is so important to ensure you are dealing with someone reputable and who has an actual place of business. ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO SAY NO.

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