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With the number of foreclosed or bank-owned properties floating around out there, we often speak with folks who are preparing to embark on a renovation project.

Unfortunately, with a rise in remodeling comes a flood of disreputable contractors looking to cash in. We do our best to protect people by providing referrals to reputable contractors, but there are plenty of people out there we don’t get a chance to talk to.

If you know someone who is about to undertake a major renovation project, we urge you to share this excellent article published by the Federal Trade Commission, “Home Sweet Home Improvement.” It includes a PDF guide your friends and family will find helpful.

The guide covers:

* The types of home improvement specialists
* How disreputable contractors operate
* Questions to ask contractors
* How to check references
* Understanding payment options
* The “Home Improvement” loan scam
* …and several other useful points

Here’s the link to the article on the FTC website:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro20.shtm

Also, you can download the PDF file directly here:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro20.pdf

Do you need a referral to a contractor or two? Are you in the market for a property to fix-up and call your own (or use as an investment property)? We are happy to help. Give us a call or shoot us a message today: Kevin and Jennifer Hanley, REALTORS 904-422-7626 http://www.HanleyHomeTeam.com

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