Home Enhancement Market Scam

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Canadian Real Estate Insights

This real estate scam related article one will be concerned with home improvement fiddle and a actual example of one of its most common types.

Fiddles Involving Chimney Stacks

Very, very common plan. A reasonable priced chimney cleaning business catches your eye and you know your's is ready for sweeping. So you make an appointment and the sweeper comes out to look at your chimney, but "oh no" your chimney is ready to drop down and desperately needs repairing or even replacing. But be cautious. It is always better to hear the thoughts of another qualified sweeper before agreeing with the rebuild or replacement of your chimney.

Sometimes it is better to fork out a higher price, but get higher quality. Of course, it sure is fantastic to find an advert about cheap chimney cleaning, but you should not trust everything. If they do the job correctly, then you have been lucky and should be grateful you found a lower price. But a word of caution, if the tradesman turns up and starts telling you that the chimney needs fixing, don't take their word for it. Particularly, if you find their advert on some coupons in a news paper or some advertisement directly in your mailbox. If you ever had a worker doing jobs around the corner and just happens to offer you a great price, there is often something very fishy going on. I know I have said this earlier, I will say it again - BE WARY!

Some Other Property Improvement Fiddles

In a typical situation, be wary if a repairman, sweeper - simply your trades-person:

-turns up on your doorstep saying they have just seen a problem or they are working around the neighbourhood and do you need their services.

-offering you a great price because they happen to have extra material left over from a job or they have a bulk order they don't want.

-try to persuade you have more and more things in your property repaired by them, it may start with something tiny but you might well end up having your whole home reconstructed, even if it's not really necessary (of course, think about the money you will pay for it)

-asks for payment before they start the jbb - there is no guarantee they will complete the job or complete it to a satisfactory standard.

Toronto realtor Elli Davis adds: "Natural instincts are the things that we must trust. With these swindles in your head and your own natural instincts you can't go far wrong."

Alec

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That is the most common scam. They purposely priced it low and then up sell you on what you really need. It is a marketing strategy that I don't like. Unfortunately, it does catches the eye of those who are looking for a bargain and ended up paying more.

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