‘You just can’t trust anyone:’ Couple warns of home repair scam in Halifax and Kingston, Ont.

The men were friendly, professional and looked the part — but they were not who they said they were, and now Linda and Bill French are out $500.

The Halifax couple were recently the victims of a home repair scam involving a group of men posing as workers from a local company called Fine Line Roofing and Masonry.

The scam appears to be happening in both Halifax and Kingston, Ont. Police in both cities have issued press releases describing similar incidents and warning residents to be on guard.

Linda French said three men — roughly 30, 45 and 60 years

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How to Fund Your Next Home Repair or Renovation Project

  • A 2022 study shows that homeowners spent a median of $22,000 on renovations.
  • Funding options are available for financing a home project, such as equity loans, credit cards, and refinancing your mortgage.
  • Knowing your project timeline and equity can help you choose the best option for you.

Owning a home comes with inevitable repairs or the desire to give your space an upgrade. A recent study revealed that in 2022, homeowners spent a median of $22,000 on renovations, with more than 50% of them planning to spend at least $15,000 on upgrades.

But don’t let the cost of these projects

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Home repair crisis? Keep your cool and don’t get ripped off

Home Improvement

Lessons from a sewer pipe leak: Cultivate relationships with trusted tradespeople, particularly a plumber, before an emergency occurs.

You should know where and how to shut off the water in your home — and make sure the rest of your family does, too. Ally Rzesa/Globe staff

It’s hard to make level-headed decisions when you’re standing in a fetid pool of your own feces and urine, and your mother-in-law is due to arrive any minute for a weekend visit.

That’s the position in which I found myself one Friday this

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South Bend Home Repair Program pays for roof, furnace replacements

SOUTH BEND — A city program will pay for major repairs to homes in poorer neighborhoods on the west and southeast sides.

Through South Bend’s Home Repair Program, homeowners in census tracts where at least a quarter of households live below the federal poverty line are eligible for up to $20,000 from the city to repair or replace their roof and furnace, according to Executive Director of Community Investment Caleb Bauer.

“A roof replacement helps preserve a home as a livable home into the future,” Bauer said. “It’s the No. 1 repair that can stop a home from degrading

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Lexington volunteers increasing access to home repair tools

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — People in Lexington who need access to tools are about to have an easier time getting their hands on them. The goal is to help people stay in their homes.

When looking at ways to help his community through his Leadership Lexington class, a simple idea struck Chris Gipson.

“We look around our neighborhoods and we kind of see houses falling apart and people in need of repairs and stuff. They just need assistance to do it. We’ve learned in this process that code violations can pile up really fast and it takes $5,000 in

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