The summer is a popular time for home improvement projects. That's why the Better Business Bureau is warning the public about common contractor scams.
First there's the pre-pay scam. The contractor demands a large cash payment upfront, then disappears after doing little or no work.
Two: shoddy work. The work is low quality, using cheap materials. Homeowners may have to redo the entire job, often at their expense.
Three: phantom damage. A contractor creates the damage. Or simply inflates the bill to include more work than was done.
And four: pay your deductible. Offering to pay your insurance deductible to get your business typically is a way to lure you in for fraudulent work.