Home Repair Scams

The weather is starting to warm up a bit, which is when many homeowners start to make repairs on their homes. But before you hire someone, the Ingham County Sheriff's Department has some advice on how not to get ripped off.

First, be suspicious of anyone offering to do an expensive job for an unusually low price. Once you pay the fee, they may never deliver what they promised.

Second, always get several estimates and compare prices and terms.

Next, get recommendations from family and friends and check them out.

Finally, never pay with cash. Pay by check and arrange payments in installments of one-third at the beginning, in the middle of the job, and when the job is finished.