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Spotting and Avoiding Chimney and Masonry Scammers

Post by : dminCMC


At Creative Masonry & Chimney, we’re proud to serve as your one-stop shop for all chimney and masonry services. From chimney sweeps and basic maintenance services to full masonry repairs and contracting needs, we’ve got you covered for an affordable rate.
Unfortunately, we’re aware that not all “professionals” in our industry are quite as reputable as we strive to be. Sadly, there are a number of scammers out there in this and related home improvement fields, looking to take advantage of you and get your money without providing the kinds of quality services you deserve. In today’s blog, we’ll go over a few tips for ensuring you aren’t fooled by these dishonest scammers.

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Proper Certification

For starters, there’s simply no reason to have any chimney or masonry services done in your home or building by any contractor who isn’t properly certified. When it comes to chimneys, the group to know here is the CSIA – the Chimney Safety Institute of America, which requires that any chimney service meet national safety standards and their established Code of Ethics.
At Creative Masonry & Chimney, we’re proud to be fully CSIA certified for our chimney sweeps. This non-profit organization requires extensive education and testing to earn this certification, and if a contractor you’re considering does not have it, it’s an immediate red flag.

References and Previous Work

In addition to proper certification, all chimney contractors should be able to show a lengthy history of satisfied customers and previous work. Our testimonials page is a great example, and you should also check public resources like Google reviews and others to ensure there are no major complaints or issues with a company you’re considering. You should also check the Better Business Bureau, where we’re proud to maintain an A+ rating.

Unsolicited Sales Calls

You may receive unsolicited sales calls in a few forms, whether we’re talking about home visits, phone calls, emails or others. These calls will often come with “act now” deals or immediate repairs that you should jump on right away, even though you didn’t even contact these companies to begin with. These contractors should be eyed carefully before proceeding, as they’re often looking to scam.

Proper Research and Due Diligence

In the modern age of 2019, there’s simply no excuse for being unprepared in a situation like this. You have numerous resources available to you, both online and elsewhere, to research potential chimney or masonry services before you lift a finger to hire a professional. Before hiring any company, even ours, be sure to compare services to other top industry leaders and ensure you’re getting what you pay for.
For more on ensuring you don’t get scammed by dishonest chimney or masonry contractors, or to learn about any of our quality chimney or masonry contracting services, speak to the staff at Creative Masonry & Chimney today.