How to avoid contractor fraud and what to do if you experience contractor fraud

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0:00 – Intro
1:07 – Be realistic. Watch out for red flags when prices are too good to be true.
2:03 – Get an estimate. Ask them to write down what they will do and how much it will cost. It doesn’t need to be fancy.
3:15 – Are they licensed? Licenses mean they may be more likely to be insured. Check to make sure they are licensed.
4:11 – Don’t pay full amount up front
5:32 – Don’t pay in cash
6:10 – Don’t pay money without a contract. Even if they are an independent person that doesn’t have a fancy contract, they can write down what it is that they are doing, how much it will cost, and what their timeline is for completion.
7:05 – Licensing information
7:29 – KEEP receipts
8:20 – What to do if contractor fraud happens to you
9:48 – Legal Aid NC may be able to help. Call 866-219-5262