After the tornadoes in the Dallas area, Jeannette Kopko for BBB Dallas and Northeast Texas tells Shon Gables of WFAA-TV how consumers can avoid shady contractors who blow in after a storm, sometimes called “storm chasers”.
See the story above, or go to http://www.wfaa.com/news/weather/04-12-tornado-outbreak/How-to-avoid-getting-ripped-off-by-storm-chasers-146527745.html
BBB advises to avoid:
• High pressure to sign right away for a good deal
• Door-to-door contractors who claim they can offer a bargain after doing a job nearby
• Scare tactics to make you think your home is unsafe unless they do the work right away
• Incomplete contact information, or information that doesn’t check out
To choose a contractor:
• Get 2 or 3 estimates; ask friends, neighbors, family for recommendations
• Check out contractors. To check with BBB, start at www.bbb.org to check on a business or find BBB Accredited Businesses by category. BBB Accredited Businesses are checked, approved, and monitored to adhere to BBB standards.
• Make sure the contractor has obtained any necessary permits or licensing.
• Get a signed contract showing the work to be done, the materials, and the total amount due. If there is a warranty, it should be in writing. Read before signing.
• Don’t pay the total amount up front. It’s common to pay a deposit. Work out an amount that’s comfortable for you. Don’t make the final payment or sign a completion agreement until all the work is done to your satisfaction.
Visit BBB at www.bbb.org. On your iPhone, visit the app store for the free BBB app, http://www.bbb.org/iphone/