These Dangerous Scams Plague Landlords and You Need to Avoid them

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As you clean up the confetti, the champagne bottles, the broken glasses, and the 2022 shaped sunglasses from celebrating the new year, you might be reminiscing on a well-deserved party. You might be thinking about new year resolutions, or the promises made. So, you’ve sat down, made a list to yourself on how to try and make sure that this year is better than 2021 and 2020, but how? Don’t get stuck in the mud and make sure you don’t fall for some of the scams that keep landlords in debt and out of favor with their tenants.

As you clean up the confetti, the champagne bottles, the broken glasses, and the 2022 shaped sunglasses from celebrating the new year, you might be reminiscing on a well-deserved party. You might be thinking about new year resolutions, or the promises made. So, you’ve sat down, made a list to yourself on how to try and make sure that this year is better than 2021 and 2020, but how? Don’t get stuck in the mud and make sure you don’t fall for some of the scams that keep landlords in debt and out of favor with their tenants.

Partying with the Plumber

When you know what goes down the toilet, then it is no wonder that you want to hire someone else to try and fix that thing. It’s fine! If the toilet breaks, it can cause a whole mess of damage to the house, especially when water can lead to mold. You just want to make sure that the plumber is a reputable handyperson. The problem with plumbers, aside from that wonderful trope of wearing their pants too low, is that they also have a reputation of up-charging. If you happen to have pricier items around your home, there are a good chance that plumbers may up charge you, and Google searches will back your claims. That says nothing for people’s tastes regarding landlords. They may feel that as a landlord, you’re automatically in a higher tax bracket.

Partying with the Plumber

When you know what goes down the toilet, then it is no wonder that you want to hire someone else to try and fix that thing. It’s fine! If the toilet breaks, it can cause a whole mess of damage to the house, especially when water can lead to mold. You just want to make sure that the plumber is a reputable handyperson. The problem with plumbers, aside from that wonderful trope of wearing their pants too low, is that they also have a reputation of up-charging. If you happen to have pricier items around your home, there are a good chance that plumbers may up charge you, and Google searches will back your claims. That says nothing for people’s tastes regarding landlords. They may feel that as a landlord, you’re automatically in a higher tax bracket.

The best way to avoid this is to double check with other plumbers in the area. This could be a call asking to go over quotes with the information the plumber gave, or asking different plumbers to come by with estimates. After that, when one plumber begins to give more reasonable estimates of what the price should be, then you’ve found a plumber you can trust and start building a rapport with to move forward with future engagements.

Confetti with the Electrician

If the electrician tells you that you need to completely rewire the problem, that’s a good sign, to run. Pretty much everyone knows that metal is expensive, right? One would thing that an electrician wouldn’t want to have to spend so much money on supplies. But they can make a profit on charging you for all that copper wiring and time spent doing nothing. Make sure you get a second opinion and hopefully a second opinion with a five star google reviews rating. When hiring, make sure you also get their license information.

The best way to avoid this is to double check with other plumbers in the area. This could be a call asking to go over quotes with the information the plumber gave, or asking different plumbers to come by with estimates. After that, when one plumber begins to give more reasonable estimates of what the price should be, then you’ve found a plumber you can trust and start building a rapport with to move forward with future engagements.

Confetti with the Electrician

If the electrician tells you that you need to completely rewire the problem, that’s a good sign, to run. Pretty much everyone knows that metal is expensive, right? One would thing that an electrician wouldn’t want to have to spend so much money on supplies. But they can make a profit on charging you for all that copper wiring and time spent doing nothing. Make sure you get a second opinion and hopefully a second opinion with a five star google reviews rating. When hiring, make sure you also get their license information.

New Year Toasts with the Handyperson

When the wrong handyperson shows up, you can be left with a lot of bills, scraps, and scrapes to deal with. You need a solid contractor, and a good reputation may be a good place to start. You should make sure that they are licensed by a reputable place, and even check to make sure that they are insured. Scams regarding home repair often skyrocket after stormy weather, and many times, consumers will be warned and told to follow some of the following steps:

New Year Toasts with the Handyperson

When the wrong handyperson shows up, you can be left with a lot of bills, scraps, and scrapes to deal with. You need a solid contractor, and a good reputation may be a good place to start. You should make sure that they are licensed by a reputable place, and even check to make sure that they are insured. Scams regarding home repair often skyrocket after stormy weather, and many times, consumers will be warned and told to follow some of the following steps:

  • Avoid door to door offers. It’s better to get referrals from friends and family
  • Pay with cards, so you can dispute claims if needed and never pay up front and no more than 1/3 as a down payment
  • Always get multiple references of similar projects and a written contract with end dates. Be sure to check the references
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau regarding the business
  • Check that they are licensed
  • Avoid door to door offers. It’s better to get referrals from friends and family
  • Pay with cards, so you can dispute claims if needed and never pay up front and no more than 1/3 as a down payment
  • Always get multiple references of similar projects and a written contract with end dates. Be sure to check the references
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau regarding the business
  • Check that they are licensed

We’d love to say nothing will go wrong, and you will never need anything to be fixed on any of your properties. However, let’s not jinx each other this year. Judging by the past few, something just might break along the way, and the only thing to do is get it fixed the proper way. We hope it gets fixed quickly, quietly, and without a fuss. Most importantly, we hope you had a fantastic new year with a wonderful celebration!

We’d love to say nothing will go wrong, and you will never need anything to be fixed on any of your properties. However, let’s not jinx each other this year. Judging by the past few, something just might break along the way, and the only thing to do is get it fixed the proper way. We hope it gets fixed quickly, quietly, and without a fuss. Most importantly, we hope you had a fantastic new year with a wonderful celebration!

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