OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) there are some things you should consider before attending upcoming home shows.
According to their release they recommend:
Researching vendors before attending the show to make sure they have a good reputation.
Writing out questions beforehand to make sure you get the answers you need.
Keep your budget in mind as you approach vendors. If not, your costs could skyrocket in no time.
Compare vendors for the services you need. This way you can find the best price to match your budget.
Be aware that signing up for contests could mean that your information will be shared and that it could end up on marketing lists.
Save receipts, quotes and avoid high-pressure sales tactics.
Ask to see license and insurance information to make you're protected if a deal goes south.
Never pay the full price in advance. One-third is customary and the remaining balance should be on a schedule that works for you.
Get everything in writing as contractors could backpedal or alter verbal agreements and without proof, you'll probably be out of luck.
Be aware that the Federal Trade Commission's "Cooling Off Rule" means that you can cancel any contract for goods and services that exceeds $130, within a three-business-day window. Vendors should tell you this, by law, and give you two copies of the cancellation form at the time that the contract is signed.