Among the red flags: Providers who show up unannounced, or who offer a discounted deal because they have "leftover materials" from another job. Also beware of those who only accept cash, use high-pressure tactics or ask for bank or other personal information.
Work through your insurance company for approved contractors, or get references from friends and neighbors.
Ask for proper identification from service providers, preferably via a current business license from the county (
Get a completed copy of the work contract, with details as to the specific work being performed, and pay with a credit card or check made out to the business.
If you have any doubts about hiring someone, trust your gut. Call 911 if a provider turns up the pressure or you otherwise feel unsafe.
The complete advisories can be found online from both Emergency Management and Consumer Affairs.
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Anyone with questions may call 803-799-5097 or email [email protected], and the association will put an SCAJ member attorney in contact.
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