Spring home improvement scams budding in Sullivan County

Rain Smith • Mar 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Local police are warning that Spring brings more than budding plants and warmer temperatures, but also an increase in home improvement scams.

A Sullivan County resident was allegedly the victim of such a scam just last week, when a man reportedly approached her about a load of asphalt he needed to offload. He agreed to simply patch a few spots in the woman's driveway, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, at a few dollars per square foot.

But when the suspect finished his job he allegedly demanded $8,500 for the work — which days later began to crumble. The woman refused to pay and he lowered his price to $4,000, according to police, prompting an investigation into the incident with charges pending.

SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says these type of home improvement scams become more prevalent with the arrival of Spring.

"Keep in mind that legitimate companies, whether they are paving, roofing or any other type, typically do not have to go door to door to solicit business," said Earhart in a press release. "If someone approaches you saying they have extra materials from another job, and will give you a good price for a specific service, it should raise a red flag. It’s never a good idea to hire someone on the spot without doing some simple research about the business first. "

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