Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Michigan is warning people to be on the lookout for shady contractors targeting homeowners hit recent storms - including those reportedly to come.
Storm chasers often send trained, aggressive salespeople door-to-door to solicit work. While many of these contractors offer low prices and quick repairs, some lack the proper registration and do not stand behind their work.
Before making repairs, BBB reminds consumers to:
- Take time choosing contractors and avoid being forced into decisions.
- Do not allow anyone that you did not contact to inspect your home or property; they may cause damage and then show it to you as a repair that needs to be done.
- Research companies through verifiable resources, like www.bbb.org/detroit.
- Get company's complete names, addresses and phone numbers.
- Take down license plate numbers for any contractors that come to your home for later identification in case they do turn out to be a fraudulent company.
- Make sure contractors are licensed, bonded and have the appropriate permits.
- Verify company's insurance.
- Ask for references.
- Get three estimates before making a decision
- Review all contracts before signing anything
- Never pay full prices upfront - BBB recommends not to pay more than one-third before a project begins.
Storm victims should be suspicious of vague or hesitant answers or companies that don't offer contracts or that try to pressure you into signing with them immediately.
For more information, visit bbb.org. To find local trustworthy tree services, roofing, remodeling, and other damage repair contractors, you can visit http://www.bbb.org/eastern-michigan/accredited-business-guide/ or call 248.223.9400.