The recent damage done by the tornadoes in the Midwest and South brings out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors who take advantage of those who have already been victimized.
As a follow up, 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 last week. 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.
BBB offers the following tips for storm victims:
BBB is seeing out of state contractors setting up shop in the area trying to capture construction work caused by the tornadoes. 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 company’s established name, reputation and phone so they can masquerade as a local business.
We have 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 business reviews you can trust on local companies, visit www.bbb.org.
ABOUT BBB: For 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. BBB has Business Reviews on more than 4 million companies and Charity Reviews on 11,000 charities, all available for free. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 116 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation. More information is available at www.bbb.org.