- The Older Americans Act distributes funds for home repairs to local Area Agencies on Aging. Contact your nearest agency to ask about funds.
- Rebuilding Together provides assistance to low-income seniors through their network. Contact them through their website for more information.
- Homemods.org has extensive lists of state-specific funding options for seniors and people with disabilities. Find your state in their list and navigate to “Funding Sources.”
- Don’t answer the door for people you don’t know. This may sound basic, but many home scammers attempt to lock you into high-pressure sales situations so you agree to a product or service. Simply ignoring the doorbell can avoid the situation entirely.
- Just say no to high-pressure sales situations. Most scammers succeed once they get your ear in person or on the phone. A good way to escape a high-pressure conversation is to tell them someone else handles your checkbook and credit cards. You can also tell them that you have a policy of waiting 24 hours before spending that kind of money. If you’re in a really tight spot, you can always refuse and tell them you’re calling the police.
- Never pay cash upfront. Some scams simply seek to take your cash and never deliver on their promises. Say no to any offer that requires you to give quick cash, even if they say they guarantee delivery on their promises.
- Get multiple bids. Before you agree to do business with any home professional, even one you contacted, plan to get 3 bids so you can compare costs. This provides some “cool down” time if a salesperson pressures you at your door. It can also prevent you from spending more than you need to in a legitimate sales situation.
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