RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Nevada State Contractors Board is advising consumers that groups of individuals, known as “travelers,” are beginning to move west and will likely be seen driving through neighborhoods soliciting home improvement services.
NSCB says the culprits are known for soliciting asphalt paving or roofing projects. "Travelers" often approach homeowners working in their front yards and by door-to-door solicitations. Their vehicles are usually new, clean, and loaded down with supplies. Their sales pitch is one of high pressured sales tactics, “too good to be true” deals and “today-only” discount offers. "Travelers" often claim they have performed work for others in the neighborhood and have extra materials left over that could be used to “fix” a similar “problem” for the next homeowner or victim.
NSCB reminds consumers to be skeptical of salespersons approaching them at their homes. Be suspicious when service people ask for cash payments, seem reluctant to provide a written contract, present business cards with out-of-state addresses, post office boxes or no telephone numbers. Always ask for a business card and contractor’s license number, then check the Board’s website or call the NSCB office (702-486-1100 in Henderson or 775-688-1141 in Reno) to confirm the number is legitimate.
Homeowners seeking contractors for home improvement services are encouraged to remember the following:
•Always hire a licensed contractor.
•Report unlicensed or suspicious contractors to NSCB’s Unlicensed Contractor Hotline: (702) 486-1160 or (775) 850-7838.
•Be cautious of who you let into your home, especially if it’s a door-to-door solicitor offering a free inspection.
•Homeowners who hire unlicensed contractors are not eligible for the Residential Recovery Fund, which may award financial recourse up to $35,000 if damages are incurred during the project.
•NSCB is limited in its ability to assist homeowners with correcting workmanship issues if an unlicensed contractor was hired.
•Unlicensed contractors have not passed trade and law exams, demonstrated financial responsibility, and are not required to carry worker’s compensation insurance, which are all required of licensed contractors in Nevada.
•Always contact the Board with any questions or concerns prior to hiring a contractor. The Board can provide information on a contractor’s license status, what classification of contractor’s license may be required for a project, and address any other questions homeowner’s may have.