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8 tips to avoid monsoon home repair scams from the Attorney General

Posted: 1:47 PM, Jul 24, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-25 03:59:35Z
8 tips to avoid monsoon home repair scams

When monsoon storms strike, you might need to get the damage repaired. Be aware of who shows up at your door -- not everyone is looking to help you. 

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is hoping Arizonans can avoid monsoon home-repair scams by following the following pieces of advice: 

  • Do not open the door for someone you don't know.
  • Don't feel pressured or hurried into the services of a door-to-door salesperson.
  • Check the Arizona Registrar of Contractors to make sure the contractor you are looking to work with is licensed. 
  • Be wary of contractors who say something needs fixed right away, especially if you didn't seek them out.
  • Shop around to get estimates and other opinions.
  • Request a list of references from the business or contractor. 
  • Ask for a written, itemized contract of the work that will be done and the costs associated with each item.
  • Never pay the whole cost up front - wait until you are satisfied with the level of completion.

If you think you have been targeted by a home repair scammer or other fraud, contact the Attorney General's office in Phoenix at 602-542-5763, in Tucson at 520-628-6504 or outside of metro areas at 800-352-8431.