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Home Improvement

Building a deck? Installing an alarm system? Repaving the driveway? You can save time, money, and frustration by knowing the signs of a home improvement scam, and the consumer protections in the Cooling Off Rule.

Remodeling Your Home

Before You Buy Paint

Looking to buy low-VOC or VOC-free paint? These tips can help.

How To Avoid a Home Improvement Scam

What to consider when shopping for a competent and reliable contractor for your project.

Rebuilding Your Home or Office After a Weather Emergency

Tips for safely returning to your weather-damaged home and hiring a home repair contractor.

Tests for Defective Drywall

Some tests and treatments for defective drywall, used in certain homes built between 2003 and 2008, don’t work.

Warranties for New Homes

Learn the difference between a builder warranty and service contract, how to make a claim, and how to resolve disputes.

Pests and Security

Battling Bed Bugs

Learn how to prevent and treat bed bug infestations.

Debris Clean-Up and Removal Scams After a Weather Emergency

Be skeptical of people promising immediate clean-up and debris removal after a weather emergency. Tips to protect yourself, your property, and your money.

How To Shop for a Home Security System and Avoid Scams

Offers steps for finding a reputable company, avoiding high-pressure sales and scams, and how to cancel a deal.

Some Home Security Systems May Be Scams

Who’s pitching that home security system? Here's important information to review before you sink money into a worthless purchase.