With alarming regularity, the media reports home improvement scams occurring in one Boston downtown neighborhood after another. You undoubtedly have heard tales of people falling victim to different types of home improvement scams. Each and every day, more and more intelligent people become victims of these types of scams. Here are five key tactics to bear in mind so you do not become prey to a home improvement scammer.


The most crucial step to avoid a Boston Charles River Park condo improvement scam is to do your due diligence before you hire a contractor. If someone comes to your door with some type of home improvement “deal” that seems too good to be true, often times it is, so never “sign up” on the spot.

The due diligence that must occur before hiring the services of any home improvement contractor must include:

  • obtaining and contacting a contractor’s references
  • verification of licensing, insurance, and bonding
  • check their rating with the Better Business Bureau

Another part of due diligence should also include obtaining references from family, friends, and/or colleagues who’ve engaged the services of these type of contractors. Odds are that you have people in your circle who have also hired contractors within the same trade that can give you direct feedback of their work.


Another important step that you need to take to protect yourself from a Beacon Hill home improvement scam is to research the project you want to undertake. Although you may not have the skillset or desire to do a home improvement project yourself, by educating yourself on a specific project, puts yourself in a better position of understanding if a prospective contractor is scamming you.


As noted above, there are instances in which a so-called “home improvement contractor” seeks business by going door-to-door. Generally speaking, a good contractor will be so busy they do not have the time to go door-to-door to gain business. There is always an exception to the rule, especially in the aftermath of an event like a severe storm. Contractors claiming to be roof contractors may work your neighborhood seeking employment. In these types of situations, utilize your neighbors and get research every single contractor or company that knocks on your door.


Another sign that a home improvement contractor may not be on the up-and-up, is when full payment is requested or required. Experienced, reliable, and reputable home improvement contractors typically do not require this payment type. Reputable contractors will set up a payment plan and only request money when specific tasks or milestones have been complete

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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