Consumers warned about home improvement scams
News from Citizens Voice:

As the spring weather begins to creep in, consumers are warned to be on the lookout for home improvement scams that could potentially cost thousands of dollars.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane warns residents in Pennsylvania to be cautious of transient contractors who often use the spring weather to target property owners in these scams.

Contractors offering to paint homes or pave driveways each spring are an indicator of this type of scam. Often these workers will do a shoddy job, causing customers to pay someone else to do the work properly.

According to Jeffrey Johnson, a spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General, the amount of money lost to these scams varies from case to case, but can exceed thousands of dollars.

The Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said complaints involving home improvements or repairs are among the most common calls they receive.

“Be cautious and do your due diligence when selecting a contractor to work on your property,” Kane said in a press release.

The Bureau of Consumer Protection offers the following tips for consumers to avoid falling victim to such scams:

• Do not let anyone rush you into a home improvement project.

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Vendors showcase home improvement products, services
News from Davis Enterprise:

Are you considering some home improvements this spring? Next weekend’s Total Home and Garden Show is your best bet, featuring hundreds of vendors promoting the latest strategies for green building, remodeling and saving money.

Vendors will include landscapers, contractors, designers and remodeling firms. Many exhibitors will be offering “show specials” and lower pricing during the three-day event.

The show will run from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 17; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19. It will take place at 300 Chadbourne Road in Fairfield (next to the Jelly Belly factory).

The Kids Corral will feature Earth Day activities presented by local Boy Scouts, as well as a petting zoo, bounce houses, arts and crafts activities and other kid-friendly booths. Adults can enjoy a beer and margarita lounge equipped with two flat-screen TVs showing sports all weekend.

Rick Torres, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, and will pose for photos with his pink Cadillac.

For more information, visit www.totalhomeandgardenshow.com.

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