3/7/2018 9:27:44 AM

As temperatures slowly make their way into the positives, the time is coming where you might be considering what renovations need to be done to your home. Unfortunately, fraudsters are having the same idea and are hoping to cheat you. OPP constable Ed Sanchuk enphasized the need to make informed purchases.

Sanchuk says that we don't see cases like this very often around these parts, but they can still happen. A full list of tips from the OPP is available on Exetertoday.ca The OPP recommend that you: Never rush into making a deal or signing a contract. Take a few days to think about it. Ask for, and check references. The company can also be checked out with the Better Business Bureau and Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Business Services. Ask for a written estimate. Then get at least two more estimates from reputable businesses in your area. Have any proposed contract checked over by someone trustworthy before signing it. Do not provide any personal or banking information. Keep down-payments to a minimum ( 10 percent is recommended by Consumer Protection Ontario). Never pay the full amount of the contract until the work is done. Avoid cash deals and if you do pay cash, make sure you get a detailed and signed receipt. Get the right paperwork - written estimates, professional licenses, building permits. A written contract is your best protection as a consumer Apply the same rules to members of your family or close friends who offer to do your renovations.

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