Home Improvement Scams
Release Date: Apr 26, 2012
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer
The coming of warmer weather in Larimer County also signals an increase in home improvement scams such as asphalt paving, roofing repairs, brick repair and painting.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith reminds residents to be cautious when dealing with door-to-door salesman selling home improvements.
Not all door-to-door sales are scams but, particularly for home improvement items, it is best to be suspicious. Some indications that things might not be as represented include:
- arrival in an unmarked truck or van;
- door-to-door salespeople claiming "We've just finished a job nearby and have material left over so we can do your job for half the price";
- high-pressure sales tactics;
- refusal to give you a written estimate, contract or references;
- very low bids; and,
- the ability to "start tomorrow" on your project.
In some schemes, the people work in teams. While the first person is discussing the repair with the homeowner, the second individual will enter the home through a side entrance to steal valuables.
If you are concerned that you may be the victim of a scam, call the Larimer County Sheriff's Office or your local police department.