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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Living Smart: Protecting yourself against scams

By Angie Hicks




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) It's a four-letter word no homeowner wants to hear: scam.

The more you know, though, the less likely it is that you'll fall victim to one on your next home-improvement project.

Doing due diligence before you hire someone is generally the best protection against unscrupulous operators.

Popular scams

In 2013, we heard tales of shoddy and unfinished work, as well as accounts of contractors who weren't appropriately licensed or took money without starting work that they had promised to do.

Another problem included requiring an excessive payment upfront. Although it's normal for a contractor to ask for up to a third of the total cost before starting, you should be wary if they ask for more. It's best to negotiate a price that you're comfortable with before signing a contract. In some cases, homeowners paid excessive amounts upfront and the contractor never showed up.

Also be wary of scare tactics. This could include a contractor suggesting extra, expensive repairs and suggesting that dire consequences will follow if you don't act immediately. In such cases, get a second opinion from another contractor and be sure to have a detailed written contract in place before starting any work.


The elderly and victims of weather disasters were common scam targets in 2013. These groups tend to be the most frequent targets.

The most common service-category scams in 2013 included HVAC, landscaping, remodeling, roofing and moving.

If you've been targeted

If you've experienced shoddy work or been the victim of unscrupulous practices, consider filing a complaint with the office of the state's attorney general or contractors' board.

If the contractor is bonded, you may be entitled to reimbursement by the issuing agent. In cases where you need additional assistance, consider hiring an attorney to explore your options.

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Since 1995, Angie Hicks has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie's List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid.


Previously:


5 steps to getting your house in order
Winter storm prep
Take this consumer quiz: How do you rate?
What to Do about That Neighbor’s Pesky Tree
When to hire a handyman vs. a contractor
Why you should invest in a home sprinkler system
Tips for holding estate sales and auctions
Stained, Faded Carpet: Clean, Replace or Dye?
Consumers flush with choices when replacing a toilet
Bathroom remodeling trends
Energy-efficiency tax credits
Insulation
Furnace maintenance
Child-safety precautions
Preparing your home for fall weather
Clogged gutters
Tree care
Those black streaks running down your roof aren't just unsightly
Want to get organized?
Keeping a lid on toilet-repair costs
Plan ahead: Home generators
Lawn Grubs
Solar panels' green savings
Tips to keep your appliances in good shape
Curb appeal is key in selling a house
The right and wrong ways to use (or abuse) your garbage disposal
Lawn Mower Tune-Up Time
Carpet Cleaning
Hardscaping: Homeowners upgrading outdoor areas
Dryer vent cleaning
Home automation
Central Vacuums
Know signs of a qualified locksmith
Mold Testing and Remediation
Most water softeners are fully automatic
Property sealing your home's envelope
New thermostats can 'learn' home's routine

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