Home Improvement & Repair Fraud

Natural disasters usually bring out the best in people, as neighbors and strangers reach out to help each other. Unfortunately, these same disasters also bring out individuals who prey on those who have already been victimized. Some of the most common scams involve home repairs, clean-up efforts, heating and cooling equipment, and flood damaged cars. The Rahway Police Department suggests that you take precautions and make informed decisions…

Precautions You Can Take!

  • Check with your insurance company about policy coverage and any specific filing requirements that the company may have.
  • Although you may be anxious to get things back to normal, avoid acting in haste. Don’t be pressured into signing long-term contracts. Make temporary repairs if necessary.
  • Be wary of door-to-door workers who claim your home is unsafe. If concerned about possible structural damage in your home, have an engineer, architect or building official inspect it.
  • Prepare a written agreement with anyone you hire. Never pay for repairs in advance and never pay cash; use a check or money order!
  • Always get several estimates for any repair job. Be sure to compare prices and contract terms.
  • Ask for references AND check them out.
  • Contact your local Better Business Bureau to check out a company’s reputation before you authorize any work or pay out any money.

Additional Resources
Better Business Bureau…….   973-581-1313
Consumer Affairs…………….    973-508-6200
Federal Trade Commission… 202-382-4357