Quick-Tips by Steve Gonzalez C.G.C.|
SCAM ALERT! by Steve Gonzalez C.G.C.
Tis the season for families, food, and fun. For crooks, itís the perfect time of
year for scams, pickpockets, and thievery.
Itís also the season for cold weather and the flu and many Americans are
preparing their homes for the cold weather ahead. Furnaces, boilers, heaters,
and a/c systems are being serviced or repaired.
Scam: The service guy comes out for a regular check
on your system and finds that not only does it need maintenance, but it is in
such bad shape, itíll be cheaper to replace the system with a new ďstate of the
art systemĒ which will last longer than you will. (Or until work slows down
Scambuster: Be sure to get a second opinion from
another professional without disclosing what the first personís recommendations
were. All estimates should be free and all service companies should provide you
with a detailed written estimate with a list of the parts needing replacement.
The estimate should show parts and labor charges in detail. Be sure the estimate
is on a company letterhead and is signed by the person estimating the project.
Money: Since a repair takes a few hours or a day, no deposit is required. Donít
let them take the money and run! All repairs should be paid upon completion and
when the serviceman shows you the system works without flaws the way it was
Scam: You are freezing in the house and you decide
you need more adequate insulation, so you flip through the yellow pages and call
a local insulation contractor for an estimate.
After agreeing to a price, the person comes to your house with this impressive
looking setup in a stepvan or truck. It has this huge machine that blows
insulation through a hose to your attic or crawlspace. The job takes about an
hour or two and the person tells you, ďIím finished and I had a little extra on
the truck so I pumped it in there for you. Iíll just charge you cost of
materials on the extra, but come and see the job! Youíll never have to worry
about insulation again!Ē When you look at what was done you are just amazed at
the amount of insulation in that attic and a warmth feeling registers in your
brain. Some of you may share that warmth and give the person a cash tip for such
a nice and generous job. In reality, the person took you for a major ride! The
air mixture in that hose which was transporting the insulation from the hopper
on the truck to your attic was so high that the little insulation which made it
to your attic was so fluffy that it piled high with the illusion of a job well
Scambuster: You see, the density of the insulation
is a lot more important than the volume. The air mixture gives the impression of
volume and is impressive to the eye, but the person should provide you with a
density test from an independent lab or professional. The other way of getting
what you pay for is to count the amount of bags used on your project and read
the chart on the back of the bag describing the method and amount of square
footage that bag will cover at any given R-Value or thickness in inches. Be
aware of the bags in the truck before the job starts because scamsters will
carry extra empty bags to show you when finished.
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