With summer approaching, many Floridians may try to beat the heat with a new pool.
However, in-ground pools are expensive home-improvement projects, and if a consumer is not careful, thousands of dollars could be lost to a deceptive or inept pool contractor.
Scams at a Glance: Sink or Swim gives consumers the tools to know how to spot these schemes. Our new resource contains information about common pool-related scams and fraud, including consumer protection tips such as:
- Verify a contractor’s license with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation;
- Get multiple estimates, and be cautious of required, large upfront payments;
- Ask to see a contractor’s proof of insurance; and
- Research a company and contractor thoroughly before signing an agreement.
Floridians can file a complaint at DBPR about a bad pool contractor at MyFloridaLicense.com. Report contractor fraud directly to local law enforcement. Civil complaints can be reported to my office by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.
By knowing how to spot and report pool-contractor schemes, you can protect your money, and help us build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Ashley Moody is attorney general of Florida.