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Protect yourself from Unscrupulous Contractors (Part-1)

You must have heard about the ‘National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud’ (NCPHIF). If not, search for it online: you will come to know that it has been set up to help homeowners protect themselves against home remodeling and renovation frauds. Americans spend over $200 billion every year on home improvement. That much money will always lure the sharks.  The truth of the matter, however, is that there are more good and honest home remodeling contractors than crooks. But it is the bad ones who make the news and create fear among homeowners. There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors. Here are a few important ideas for you. Vital tips Decide on the nature and scope of the remodel. Have a budget in place. Consider the timelines and the insurance options that may be available. Spend time researching contractors and make a shortlist of those who appear to be the best. Contact them and ask for reliable testim