Expert Advice: Handy Andy

Q: Our neighbour lives alone and seems to have a handyman to fix and paint all the time. I worry that she’s lonely and he’s taking advantage.

A: There are a number of ways that people target or take advantage of trusting seniors. In some cases, it’s trade people—and in others, it’s scams.

Here’s some wise advice that we like to give:

1) Ask a trusted relative to review any quotes or representations of work to be done.

2) Get several quotes from reliable and established companies.

In your case, we suggest asking one of her family members or the police to check things out if you’re worried about the odd job man. Better safe than sorry.

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