Watch out for dishonest contractors who may try to take advantage of you. Be especially alert for door-to-door solicitors who ask for large cash deposits or for entire payments in advance. You may find that the work is never performed or the down payment is never returned.
Before you sign a contract or make down payments, make sure you receive a written estimate from the contractor. Beware of offers that seem too good to refuse. Ask for references and check with your friends, neighbors and relatives before deciding which contractor to choose
If you have been victimized or you are concerned about people representing themselves as contractors, contact the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation or your Better Business Bureau.