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  • Joel P. Ambrose

Top 4 Tips to Outsmart Home Improvement Scammers

Summer arrives with eagerly anticipated longer days, blossoming flowers, fresh air, and refreshing iced tea and lemonade. However, it's also the time when home improvement projects come to mind – fixing things or giving homes a fresh look. But finding the right person, a reliable handyman, can be quite a challenge. To ensure safety and facilitate informed choices, here are four tips to consider.

Check Credentials: First and foremost, prioritize hiring a licensed and insured handyman or contracting company. A valid license assures that they possess the necessary skills and expertise to handle the job professionally. Just as doctors are licensed for medical care, a licensed handyman provides the assurance that they are qualified to work on homes. Additionally, insurance coverage protects both you and the handyman from any unexpected incidents or liabilities that may arise during the project.

Seek Referrals: Next, ask the handyman for references from previous customers. Reach out to these references to gather firsthand experiences and feedback about the quality of the work. Reputable handymen will readily provide references for insight into their reputation and customer satisfaction.

Conduct Research: In addition to references, conduct thorough research, including online reviews. Check websites such as the Better Business Bureau to verify if there have been any complaints lodged against the handyman or contracting company. This step will help you assess their credibility and make an informed decision.

Get it in Writing: Obtain a written estimate for the work to be done. This estimate should include detailed information about the costs of materials, expected project timeline, and payment terms. Be cautious if the handyman requests cash deposits upfront, as reputable professionals typically offer secure payment options and prioritize transparent business practices.

By following these four tips you can minimize the risk of falling victim to scams or making hasty choices when hiring a handyman for your summer home projects. Prioritizing licensed and insured handymen, gathering references, conducting research, and obtaining written estimates are all vital steps to safeguard your interests and ensure a positive experience. With the right handyman by your side, you can confidently tackle your summer projects, knowing that those you hire are skilled, trustworthy, and capable of bringing your home improvement dreams to life. Remember, “Every Home Needs a Handyman.”

Joel P. Ambrose is the president of HandyPro International, LLC, a licensed contractor specializing in home modifications and professional handyman services. His colleague, Keith Paul, is a licensed Aging In Place specialist. Contact Ambrose at 734-254-9160,, or visit:

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