Better Business Bureau Warns of Storm Chasers

June 04, 2014

The BBB Serving central SC and Charleston is warning local residents to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.

Early June can bring dangerous storms to our area.  It is not uncommon for out-of-town storm chasers to solicit business after storms.  Storm chasers may not have proper licensure for our 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:

•Contractors must be registered with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

•BBB suggests consumers be pro-active in selecting a contractor and not re-active to sales calls on the phone or door-to-door pitches. 

•While most roofing contractors abide by the law, be careful allowing someone you do not know inspect your roof. An unethical contractor may actually create damage to get work.

•Try to get at least 3-4 quotes from contractors, and insist that payments be made to the company, not an individual.

•Do not pay for the job in advance. Be wary of any contractor who demands full or half payment upfront. 

•Resist high-pressure sales tactics such as the “good deal” you’ll get only if you hire the contractor on the spot.

•Get a written contract that specifies the price, the work to be done, the amount of liability insurance coverage maintained by the contractor, and a time frame. Require a copy of their current certificate of insurance.

•Pay by credit card, if possible; you may have additional protection if there’s a problem.

•Check that the contractor’s vehicle has signs or markings on it with the business name, phone number and license plates for your state.

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