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Beware of Contractor Scams!

Beware of Contractor Scams!

Scam artists are nothing new and painting is just one of the home improvement services that have scammers. It’s good to have a reminder now and then of what to watch for. While the elderly are often the victims, any of us who don’t pay close attention could fall prey to their tactics. Often when an offer sounds too good to turn down it should be seen as a red flag to look closer at what the reality is and research the contractor further. Below are a few tips on what to know to help avoid the scamming contractor.

- Payment Before Work Never pay for a job in full before work is completed and do not trust a contractor that asks you to! In California, a residential contractor may not ask for more than 10% or $1,000 down, whichever is less. On larger jobs, the balance of the contract amount may be paid in “progress payments” coinciding with completion milestones. The final payment should not be made until the job is complete.

- The “Random” Contractor If someone claiming to be a contractor pulls up in an unmarked truck wants to talk to you, be cautious! Stay outdoors in public view and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Anyone that enters your home is a potential burglar, or worse. Verify their name, business name and license number, address and telephone number.  If you are considering working with them make sure you check their insurance information, bonding, and reputation. You don’t want a fly-by-night contractor that will be nowhere to be found if something goes wrong a year down the road.

- The Bottom Line Common sense and good judgment offer the best protection from contractor scams. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is! Take advantage of resources such as the Better Business Bureau and the Contractor State License Board to check the contractor's business reputation and credentials. If there is a history of customer complaints, lawsuits or expired licenses, you probably should steer clear of that contractor. Take your time to find the right fit for you and your project and ask for references. Get more than one estimate for your project, compare “apples to apples” and make sure you understand why there may be price differences.  Most importantly, don't sign any contract that you don't understand. A good contractor will take the time to answer your questions patiently and thoroughly without high sales pressure.

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Hiring Brooks Painting was an easy and professional process the whole way through, from the estimate to the completion of having my very high walls edged, where I was unable to reach them. Crew Leader Eric was prompt and super capable, which was a relief since he had to maneuver and climb a very tall ladder. He was also in the process of teaching a newer painter and I admired his positive and encouraging manner. In addition, he was willing to respond to my requests with ease. No regrets here! The edging looks amazing and only took 4 hours to complete.

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Eric and his crew were on time every day and did a very thorough job. I was thrilled that they were willing to paint my outdoor light fixtures which were getting rusty. I was particularly impressed how much time they spent going over their work at the end to catch spots that were missed. I’ll be using them again for interior painting.

C Lewis

Brooks Painting gets in gets it done and out! Quality job, great price. Touch base daily with a report on progress of job. It's important to have confidence in a company that works for you. Brooks is that company.

Jeff Allbright, Nugget Markets Corp.

Brooks did a fantastic job on our exterior and interior paint jobs. Quality was high, price was reasonable, and the team was extremely professional and detail-oriented. Mark was our crew lead and the team performed a number of exterior wood repairs, a door re-stain, interior and exterior painting. Mark clearly takes a lot of pride in his work and went above and beyond to ensure the work was high-quality, including finding exact matching siding to fix dry rot, and performing minor repairs that weren't even included in the quote. He and the team were all consistently positive and personable, joking with each other throughout the day, while also genuinely complimenting each other on the quality of their work. It was great to see, and that positivity definitely showed through the work they did. We couldn't be happier with the end result.

Ryan Schauland
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You are an excellent company and I couldn't be any happier with your work. This is your second job for me and both were excellent.

Donald S., Realtor

We chose Brooks Painting based on their excellent reputation. It was an excellent choice! We had them do a complete exterior and almost complete interior painting of our two story house. They were done separately, while we were out of town. We are very pleased with the quality of the work. They even fixed up a few mistakes made by a crew that painted a portion of our interior ceilings a month prior (removal of asbestos popcorn ceiling), at no extra charge. Cleanup was great, also. They repaired some dry rot that was uncovered (extra charge, but worth it), and they even moved furniture back into place as well as put back the curtain rods that I had taken down, which wasn't expected. I highly recommend them, and will use them again for any future paint jobs.

Charlie Russell
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Courteous and well mannered, attentive, discussed complete job and provided good service.

Juan C., C.H.P.

Brooks Painting has be in business a long time in our area. As a native resident we have seen and heard of their professional & quality painting. In looking for bids on painting our house Brooks was referred numerous times. When Jeremy came out to meet us we were sold on using their services and looked no further. Every aspect of this company was very upfront, professional and made us feel safe, valued and comfortable hiring them. The office staff kept good communication with us. The color matching was perfect. The crew showed up on time, were respectful and did a great job from prep to the final end of the project. The warranty offered was a plus and the liability coverage gave us peace of mind also. The price was well worth all that was included in the project so we had little to do but move our stuff away from the house. Thank you Brooks painting, crew and staff for making our home new again :)

Karen Boone
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I wanted to have my kitchen cabinets painted but knew that that was a job that required skill and expertise. I called Brooks Painting and the experience from start to finish was perfect! Everyone I dealt with was personable and good at their jobs. They spent time answering questions, explaining the exact process, and did the work precisely as promised. They even did a few other small jobs (repairing and painting 2 water damaged ceilings) to perfection. And everything was neat and clean when they left! And the cabinets – better than I could have hoped for. Esteban is a master craftsman who was meticulous in every aspect of his work. The finish is smooth as glass with no imperfections. I couldn’t be happier!

Christina Fotenos
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Listened to my needs and offered good suggestions. Customer confidence in value and quality.

John K.

Another great job by Brooks Paining. they did a great job on our trim painting and siding varnish. They were very timely and considerate of our home and property. This is our 3rd time in 19 years utilizing Brooks Painting. We haven't been let done. 👍👍

T Thompson

Brooks Painting painted our home in Sacramento in March of 2022. Tim did a great job power washing our home. Corey, Flint, and Kristen were very helpful in the bid and. planning. process. The painting crew was excellent. Arrived on time each day and the project was finished in 5 days as promised. All worked very hard.

M Hawkins

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