CHICAGO, IL – April 25, 2013 – Appearance projects top the list of work that homeowners are planning to hire contractors for this spring, according to the latest poll by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB).
Landscaping, house painting, plus driveway and sidewalk work, make up more than 60 percent of the responses that users of the BBB website picked as contractor projects this season. Professional construction projects, such as repair and replacement of decks or patios, window or door replacement, and central air conditioning installation make up the remaining 40 percent of responses.
“It looks like this is going to be a busy season for landscapers, painters and pavers, according to the results of our poll,” explained Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.
“It’s hard to pinpoint a specific reason for this interest,” Bernas said. “It may be the fact that many people have deferred maintenance on their homes and now feel that fix-up projects can’t be postponed any longer, whether they are getting ready to sell their house or simply want a new look.”
He said that whatever the reason, people should go to http://chicago.bbb.org/ for specific suggestions on how to avoid home fix-up scams, get the best value for their money, and check out contractors before starting work.
Specific poll responses include: Landscaping 23%, house painting 19%, driveway and sidewalk work 18%, patio and deck repair or replacement 17%, window or door replacement 13%, central air conditioning installation 10%.
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As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.