Lots of contractor scammers come out of the woodwork following severe weather events. These dishonest people want to make a fast buck by taking your money and leaving you hanging, then moving on without finishing the work you paid for. Here are three ways to protect yourself from HVAC scammers this summer, and all year round.
Watch for Sneaky Upsells and Add-Ons
If an offer sounds too good to be true, it is. Some scammers will offer you an extremely low price on their products and services. They intend to make a profit by pressuring you into buying other, pricier products once their work has begun. Or they might just take your money as their payday, and leave without fixing your HVAC system. Be vigilant, and don’t get in too much of a hurry to say yes.
Don’t Let Them Pressure You
An ethical HVAC company will not try to pressure you into buying something on the spot by telling you that the discounted price is only in place for the day. Reputable companies know that you need time to consider what you want and what you can afford. If a contractor tells you that you only have one chance to get a discount on their goods and services, it should raise a red flag.
Do Your Research
Have you heard of the company the contractor represents? Are they BBB accredited? Do they have good reviews online? Are they licensed and bonded? Scammers might scoff and try to minimize the importance of such things, but a good HVAC company takes their credentials very seriously. Before you choose one, do some online research to learn more about who you’re dealing with.
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