Seriously thinking of moving to Madison? Here are few things you need to know before setting foot within our "78 square miles surround by reality."

30 Things to Know Before Moving to Madison, WI.

These preventive measures can help you avoid being duped. What’s worse than having your property damaged by a storm? Being swindled by scam artists and crooked contractors who don’t make repairs.
Take the case of Jane, a customer of American Family Insurance.

After a bad storm, an alleged “contractor” knocked on her door and said she qualified for a free roof. Next, he asked to see Jane’s insurance information, which she provided.

Armed with this newly acquired information, he falsely claimed that Jane’s agent sent him to “help” her out. She ultimately was duped into signing paperwork to have her roof fixed, which the bogus contractor failed to do.

“It is so unfortunate when this happens,” says Jolene Cloyd, a senior field investigator at American Family Insurance. “These types of solicitors act like they are helping out, but really it is for their own personal gain. We don’t want people to be taken advantage of.”

Some of the most common examples of contractor fraud include:
  • Obtaining advance payment for repairs, and then never showing up to complete the job.
  • Starting a job and not completing it after receiving payment up front.
  • Using cheap materials and poor workmanship to make a bigger profit.
Before you hire a contractor for repairs, follow these steps to avoid potential fraud:
  • Get more than one estimate.
  • Get everything in writing.
  • Obtain references and check them out.
  • Never pay in full or sign a completion certificate before work is completed and you've confirmed it's code-compliant.

Thinking about moving into homeownership?  Project Home Madison is offering valuable home buyer education classes to help you prepare for buying and maintaining your first home.

Over the past 3 years, over 1,200 people have taken these classes and almost 70% of them have purchased a home.

This month they have two choices – the usual Tuesday evening classes or a full-day Saturday class. Sign up today.

What:                    FREE Home Buyer Education Classes
Where:                  Project Home’s Training Center
                              1970 S. Stoughton Road Madison WI 53713
When:                   Tuesday March 11th and 18th, 2014 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm  
                              OR Saturday March 29th, 2014 8:30 am to 4 pm                             

Reservations:      Space is limited.  To register, please call Michelle Project Home 608-246-3737 Ext. 2000 or email MichelleK@ProjectHomeWI.orgFor more information, email Ellen Bernards ebernards@greenpath.com or call 608-576-8658.
Cost:                     FREE*