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    Handyman scams to look out for


    What handyman scams should I be wary of? I’m in my eighties and I’m aware that scammers often target older people.

    Asked by jonathan on 26th Apr 2021
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    Apex Construction

    "Look out for high prices, compare multiple quotes. Only let licensed, bonded or at least highly recommended workers do home repairs for you."

    Answered on 1st May 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
    Forbes Logic - No Job To Small

    "Do not pay any money until you are are happy that the job is 100% complete.

    Before you go ahead with the work get 3 valid quotes to compare.

    Ask to see their feedback/reviews from other customers."

    Answered on 3rd May 2021 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
    Mark Harrison

    "Be wary of anyone asking for payment upfront or bank transfer prior to any work being carried out, also ask to see if any reviews from previous work"

    Answered on 27th Apr 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    Brindle Installations Ltd

    "Always verify any trades with MyJobQuote as the contractors working have already been vetted, ask for ID before opening the door and if in doubt ask a neighbour or family member to help you"

    Answered on 7th May 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
    Weather point roofing and building

    "In my opinion anyone can be scammed. I would recommend using websites as you have to ask this question, as we as trades people are checked. Also our reputation online is helpful to us so we would rather give the best jobs to get good feedback."

    Answered on 27th Apr 2021 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
    Spartan building and maintenance services

    "Trust is a big part of handyman work I’m a handyman my self and I wonte take any money untill the customer is happy with the work I provide"

    Answered on 27th Apr 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    RG Home Maintenance Services

    "Never pay for the job until it is complete and you're happy with it.
    Always agree a price before the person starts the job. Have the price in writing or message/email."

    Answered on 27th Apr 2021 - Member since Dec 2020 - report

    "One thing someone tried on me (didn't work) was that they were supposed to paint the soffits and fascias.
    I said l want it undercoated and glossed when l come in he had painted the black. l said that has not been undercoated you used one coat, he said he had paint that done primer undercoat and gloss .
    I said the don't make such thing do it properly.
    Roofer's anything they do, ask them to photo on their phone any work to show you ,l got conned telling me the chimney had been pointed, same guy only done the 3 sides you could see.
    Needless to say l have not used him again"

    Answered on 27th Apr 2021 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    Au Faix

    "Never pay upfront, always ask for references if possible and if you can use a trusted tradesman who has been recommended by someone you know and trust. There are some creeps out there who say more work needs doing than actually does"

    Answered on 29th Apr 2021 - Member since Apr 2021 - report
    Can Do Bob

    "Don't pay anyone up front, Also don't pay if you're not happy with the work till they put it right. Ask to see some pictures of there work and also look at there reviews."

    Answered on 27th Apr 2021 - Member since Mar 2020 - report

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