Wednesday, October 24, 2007

And Yet Another Bad Apple Is Discovered

You already know this, but it bears repeating. It's easy to start a domestic service company. No start up capital is required. No education is required. Nothing is required. Except you. They need you in order to start their business. And they know that they can get you by just offering ridiculously low prices. And you'll accept. Because it's cheap. But remember, there's lots of bad apples out there. And here's another example of one.....

"When an unsolicited caller offers to clean your chimney for $40 or $50, consumers may think they have little to lose. But odds are they'll feel differently once the chimney sweep arrives.

Instead of a bill for a low-cost cleaning, many consumers receive estimates for thousands of dollars worth of so-called emergency chimney repairs. The dubious sweeps pressure consumers to make decisions on the spot. Many do, without getting either an itemized bill or a second opinion to determine if the proposed work is necessary.

The questionable sweeps often offer discounts for cash. Failing that, they'll encourage consumers to bill the full amount to credit cards.

It is an important part of seasonal home maintenance. But many homeowners lose money every year to scam chimney service companies that turn discount cleanings into profitable jobs for unnecessary repairs.

They use low-cost cleanings to get their foot in the door, and then create fear by saying the chimney needs expensive repairs."

Click here for the full article.

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