Last week, we featured a post about repair and restoration scams after storms hit. We wanted to warn homeowners about so called “storm chasers”–businesses that prey on desperate families who have had their homes destroyed by natural disasters. With help from our experts, we came up with the biggest warning signs and best protection strategies to ensure that the professional you choose is always on your side. This week, we wanted to continue protecting homeowners by asking about products.

Why We’re Asking

Dangerous, scam-ridden, low value, poorly constructed, overpriced products line the shelves of every big-box home improvement store. For most homeowners, knowing which items to choose is a bit of a lottery. While product recalls and online reviews help, they aren’t always available. We want to find out how homeowners can protect themselves in the checkout line.

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

What products should homeowners be warned about?

What products should homeowners be warned about?
Are there some companies that homeowners should avoid?
Are some companies to be trusted in full?
Are there any chemicals or materials on the market that should always be avoided?
Are online reviews the best place to check for honest reviews and information?
What are some of your favorite bad products?
Are there any websites that are particularly useful for checking out the safety and effectiveness of home improvement products?

We’re looking forward to getting the lowdown on the worst stuff in home improvement. Check back later in the week to see what advice our experts have to offer.

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!