How can I protect senior loved ones from home improvement scams?

Home improvement scams perpetrated against seniors are popular because they seem to work. Often, the perpetrator frightens the elder homeowner into believing that some dangerous condition must be immediately remedied, or that there is a special tax or financial incentive for having the work done right away. 

The best bet is to establish a policy where your loved one refuses all door-to-door solicitations -- phone ones, too. If the solicitor has planted a safety doubt, have your loved one call a licensed contractor for a bid.

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