As we watch the snow fall, and reflect on its apeal to our playful childhood memories, others are watching the weather channel in hotel rooms and imagining dollar signs.
With snow comes stormchasers, out-of-town construction crews who follow devastating storms to capitalize on area destruction. Not all of whom are unscrupulous, but the BBB has had plenty of experience with those who are. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to check out companies who knock door-to-door, offering repairs. They may not have proper licensing to work in the area.
The Better Business Bureau has seen many out-of-area businesses take money and leave town without having completed or even started work outlined in contracts. We've also seen businesses get so backlogged with jobs that customers are left without repairs for several months.
Consumers who do the most research on the business they are dealing with will be the most secure, but there's no guarantees. Consumers who have problems with contractors completing work outlined in agreements can file complaints with the Better Business Bureau.