Do Your Research Before Agreeing to Unsolicited Home Repair Work

Posted on July 23, 2013

One situation that many residents of California might be confronted with in the coming weeks is a door-to-door salesperson dropping by to offer work unsolicited.  Unfortunately, there’s a chance that this person’s services might be fraudulent or come at a cost that consumers weren’t expecting.  The Better Business Bureau has offered some advice to citizens thinking about going with such a seller.

The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t feel pressured.  If a salesperson has the proper credentials, they should be more than willing to let you take your time to make a decision.  They should also be willing to let you see those credentials, including the license and permits required in order to legally carry out work.

This is particularly important when it comes to things like roofing, paving, landscaping, chimney work, and other types of home repair.  An unsolicited offer of work could be made because the seller lacks the proper qualifications or certification.  You should get the seller’s information and look them up online through a site like the Better Business Bureau before agreeing to any work.

It’s perfectly acceptable that you take this time to verify a person’s claims and legitimacy.  Should the seller say you’re a fool to pass it up or that they’re only offering the rate and work on that day, simply shut the door on them and their offer.

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