As spring weather approaches, many of us are planning home improvement projects for the year. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota urges consumers to use caution when hiring a home improvement contractor–especially following a major storm, flood or other weather event. The BBB’s Bao Vang says be wary of high-pressure sales tactics, up front fees, and fly-by-night businesses.

“Some of these scammers may lack proper licensing or offer quick fixes or make big promises that they are unable to deliver.”=————————-

Vang says ask for references and check them out. She says bad contractors will be reluctant to share this information and scammers won’t wait for you to do your homework.