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Beware of home remodeling scammers

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(Toledo News Now) -

The start of spring usually means the start of the home improvement season. That is when many scammers go on the hunt for their prey: innocent homeowners.

Anyone who is not cautious or informed before paying someone to work on their property can fall victim.

That's why many homeowners are turning to do-it-yourself projects, but experts say the lack of experience can ultimately be just as dangerous when working on major renovations.

May is National Home Remodeling Month. The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Toledo is working to better inform area residents on how to avoid bad remodeling experiences.

According to Toledo HBA Executive Vice President Bill Brennan, the key to good remodeling is to hire a trustworthy professional with a good record of success.

"Professionals just do home remodeling better," said Brennan. "They not only bring advanced construction skills, trained remodelers better manage customer service and business management to improve the remodeling experience for home owners."

 Brennan encourages consumers to work with professionals who are knowledgeable in the latest building technologies, state building codes and housing trends.

Amanda St. Hilaire demonstrates what professional remodeling looks like, both before and after the project is complete, and has tips on avoiding scams on ‘Your Morning,' starting at 5:30 a.m.

For more advice on home remodeling or hiring a professional remodeler contact the Toledo HBA at 419-473-2507.

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