The BBB says they should also request at least three bids from separate contracting companies so that they can readily identify “low-ball estimates that may potentially balloon over time or foreshadow shoddy work to come.”
Get everything in writing.
The FTC urges consumers to get a written estimate that includes any oral promises the contractor made. They should also ask if there's a charge for an estimate before allowing anyone into the home. If the contract differs from what was quoted, they should get an explanation for price differences. Consumers should also ask a knowledgeable friend, relative or attorney to review the contract before signing it, if possible.
With charities, consumers can also ask them to provide written information about how the donations will be used that include the name, address, and telephone number of company headquarters.
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