Don’t Let a Scam Artist Storm into Your Life

Lightning bolt 300x225 Don’t Let a Scam Artist Storm into Your LifeIt’s summer in Phoenix and, along with the searing heat, it’s the season for monsoon storms. Strong wind, blowing dust, heavy rain and hail can make for a homeowner’s nightmare. Although you cannot stop the storm from coming, you can be prepared to deal with its aftermath.

Here are some tips you, as a homeowner, need to know if your home or property is damaged in a monsoon storm:

  •  Avoid making an “on-the-spot” decision. Use caution if you encounter a door to door solicitor who uses high-pressure sales tactics. Be sure to get the name of the company representative you are speaking with and the name and contact information of the business they represent so that you can do further research.
  •  When looking to hire a company to repair your property do your research. Go to SearchBBB.org to find a trustworthy business, and verify the company’s license with the Registrar of Contractors (ROC).  Ask for referrals from friends and family.
  •  Obtain multiple quotes.  It’s always a good idea to get quotes from a few different companies before making your decision. BBB has a free eQuote feature that allows you to receive estimates, proposals or general information from BBB Accredited Businesses. View BBB’s ‘Trust the Torch’ how-to video for more information about BBB’s eQuote program.
  •  Read over the contract and make sure everything you had agreed upon verbally is in writing. A written contract will help to protect you from unfilled promises made by a contractor.

Following these simple rules could save you from the stress of being scammed. For more tips on avoiding monsoon scams, check out this short video.

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About Rachel Harner

Rachel Harner is the Creative Services Manager at Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern & Western Arizona. Since joining BBB in 2008, Rachel has worked to preserve BBB's brand and communicate BBB's values through electronic and print design.