With the new year upon us, Stephanie Zimmerman has a resolution for all of us to follow: Let’s not get scammed this year. Many points on her list apply to homeowners. Among her suggestions:

  • Do research on contractors before hiring, and never pay for a remodeling job upfront.
  • Read the fine print.
  • Save all contracts, sales agreements and warranties.
  • Find a good locksmith now and not when it’s an emergency.
  • Keep a list of a good plumber, HVAC repair service and mechanic based on recommendations of friends and family. Maintain good relations with these people.

Credit: Chicago Sun-Times article