How to Protect Yourself from Home Improvement Scams

Spring is here, and like so many others in Calgary, Okotoks, and the surrounding areas, you have home improvement projects on your mind. Whether it is something you intended to do last summer or a project you’ve been planning all winter, BEWARE the threat of home improvement scams!

Recognized as Canada’s top scam by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), so called “home improvement scams” have ensnared too many unsuspecting homeowners

At Exquisite Electric, we’re committed to powering your homes and empowering you with the knowledge to protect your investments. So read on to learn how to protect yourself.


Here are the highlights:

  • Research Contractors: Dig into their past work, reviews, and testimonials.
  • Watch for Red Flags: Be cautious of too-good-to-be-true deals and upfront cash demands.
  • Check Credentials: Ensure they’re licensed, insured, and bonded.
  • Demand a Written Contract: It should detail the work scope, materials, timelines, and payments.
  • Secure Payment Methods: Avoid large deposits and prefer traceable transactions. Say “No” to cash payments.
  • Understand Your Rights: Know local laws regarding renovations.
  • Document EverythingKeep records of conversations and payments, take photos of the contractor’s vehicle and license plate for extra security, and get everything in writing.

Here’s how you can safeguard your home renovation projects:

Be informed about home improvement scams!

1. Do Your Homework

Before signing on the dotted line, take the time to research your contractor thoroughly. Look up reviews, past project histories, and any customer testimonials.

A reputable contractor will always be transparent with this information.

2. Be Aware of Red Flags (aka. Trust Your Gut)

Scammers often employ high-pressure sales tactics or seem to offer deals that are too good to be true.

Be wary of contractors who demand large upfront payments in cash or suggest skipping a written contract​​.

3. Verify Credentials

Ensure any contractor you consider is licensed, insured, and bonded. These credentials offer a layer of protection and speak to the contractor’s professionalism.

4. Say “NO” to Verbal Agreements 

Insist on a written contract.

A detailed contract is your best defence against potential disputes. It should clearly outline the scope of work, materials, timelines, and payment schedules.

5. Use Secure Payment Methods

Avoid large upfront deposits and opt for secure, traceable payment methods. Don’t fall victim to ‘CASH-ONLY’ payments or ‘PAY in CASH’ discounts.

This protects your funds and provides recourse should the contractor fail to deliver.

6. Document Everything

Keep records of conversations and payments, take photos of the contractor’s vehicle and license plate for extra security, and get everything in writing.

In the digital age, a simple photograph can be a powerful tool. Take discreet photos of the contractor’s vehicle and license plate. This act adds an extra layer of security, allowing for better accountability and traceability​​​​.

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Incorporating these steps into your home improvement planning can dramatically decrease the risk of falling victim to a home improvement scam.

At Exquisite Electric, your peace of mind is our top priority.

We strive to provide exceptional electrical services and equip you with the knowledge to navigate the complexities of home renovations safely and confidently.

Remember, a well-informed homeowner is a scammer’s worst nightmare. Stay vigilant, ask the right questions, and never compromise on the security of your investment.

Together, we can ensure that your journey to enhance your home is as safe and rewarding as possible.

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