This is one of the most common schemes often perpetrated on elderly homeowners. It is a phoney door-to-door renovating company. The salesperson claims to "just happen" to be in your neighbourhood and offer a good deal on home repairs.
Don't feel pressured by these people. They may say that “the special deal is only good for today” or that “they feel the job is urgent and if not attended immediately will lead to more expensive repairs”
Ask questions and only do business when:
1. you are satisfied that you are dealing with a reputable company
2. you are convinced that you actually need the work done.
You may want to ask the person to leave their card and you will contact them if you decided you require their services. Then get a second opinion from a reputable company.
To find out about more current scams or to check out the record of any business contact the Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island.
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