The recent damage done by the severe thunderstorms that produced hail in parts of the Ohio Valley region on Wednesday often brings out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of such a storm also brings out contractors who take advantage of those who have already been victimized.
Your Better Business Bureau is warning local residents affected by the recent storms to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.
“It is not uncommon for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms like the ones we had the other day,” said Frank Cilona, President of the Better Business Bureau. “Storm chasers may not have proper licensure for your area and may offer quick fixes or make big promises to which they won’t deliver.”
Your BBB offers the following tips for storm victims:
Your BBB is seeing out-of-state contractors setting up shop in the area trying to capture construction work caused by the storms. BBB is warning the area contractors to beware of storm chasers who are willing to pay local construction companies substantial amounts of money to use a local business’s established name, reputation and phone so they can masquerade as a local business.
The BBB has seen this happen in other areas of the country. After doing repairs paid by insurance companies, the out-of-state contractors left the area. Many contractors who agreed to let these storm chasers use their name regret their decision once they were left holding the bag of unsatisfied customers due to bad workmanship and/or unfulfilled warranties.
Disaster victims should never feel forced to make a hasty decision or to choose an unknown contractor. Start With Trust. For reliable information, lists of BBB Accredited Businesses by industry and BBB Business Reviews you can trust on local businesses, visit www.bbb.org or call 1-800-362-0494.
For more information or to schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, contact Amanda Tietze at 330-455-8202.