Golden, CO (PRWEB) April 01, 2013
With warming weather and lengthening spring days, April Fools’ Day can signal the unofficial start to home improvement season and, according to a recent national online survey, 69 percent of homeowners report they are looking to spend money on home improvement projects soon. But homeowners launching spring home renovation or repair projects can be in for an unwelcome April Fools’ Day surprise —contractor fraud.
According to a recent national online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of HomeAdvisor, a leading online destination for home repair and improvement, more than half (52%) of those who hire contractors for home repairs/improvements say contractor fraud is one of their biggest fears. The survey data also indicates that seven times as many people have paid in cash (66%) rather than financed (9%) their past home improvement projects, even though paying a contractor cash before a project is complete is known to increase the risk of contractor fraud. The online survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of HomeAdvisor from March 19-21, 2013, among 2,076 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.
To help educate homeowners, Amy Matthews, television host and home improvement expert for HomeAdvisor, offers five simple steps homeowners can follow to safeguard themselves against being fooled on April Fools’ Day:
*69 percent of homeowners report they are looking to spend money on home improvement projects as compared to 12 months ago
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of HomeAdvisor from March 19-21, 2013 among 2,076 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact The Abbi Agency at info(at)theabbiagency(dot)com.
For more information on HomeAdvisor and its services, visit http://www.HomeAdvisor.com. Home improvement tips and videos are available by subscribing to the YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/HomeAdvisor, visiting http://www.Facebook.com/HomeAdvisor, and by following @HomeAdvisor on Twitter.
HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources for home repair and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner projects to the nation’s largest network of over 80,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast; Home911, offering dedicated 24/7 emergency home repair support; as well as robust home tips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site’s features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, CO, and is a subsidiary of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).