If you need work done on your home, make sure to do your homework before hiring a contractor.
--Get references related to the job you're having done.
--For a step by step guide to choosing a contractor: NYS Consumer Protection Board
--Check the company's or contractor's work history with the Better Business Bureau
--Get your deal in writing. This includes the projected start and end dates.
--Do NOT pay the total up front, and make sure your contractor is putting your money into an escrow account.
If you feel you've been scammed: contact the Attorney General and Better Business Bureau offices to file complaints or contact the Homebuilders Association of Central New York at (315) 463-6261
For help in finding a reputable contractor, any of the following links can help:
NYS Consumer Protection Board
NYS Attorney General
Better Business Bureau