Better Business Bureau Serving Central & South Alabama is already receiving reports from victims of the hail storms and tornadoes in northern and eastern Alabama who are being approached by storm chasing contractors. Disaster victims should be wary of fly-by-night contractors who come from out of town to solicit business from storm victims. They make hefty promises to repair storm damage when their only intention is to take your money and run.Don’t be rushed into doing business with someone you just met or who just shows up at your door. Look up business profiles on bbb.org or call us at (205) 558-2222 to see what other customers have to say about the business first.It’s also important to check the licensingof anybody who will be doing work for you. If repairs to your home are quoted at over $10,000 and affect the structural integrity of the home, the contractor is required to have a home builders license issued by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board. You can verify licensing by visiting www.hblb.state.al.us or by calling (334) 242-2230.Other things you can do to protect yourself include waiting until a job is done to pay in full, paying with a credit card, and getting a written contract. You can read more tips for hiring a contractor here.Know that there are con-artists out there. Unethical contractors may actually create damage to get work. If you are approached by someone offering to do repairs on your house, call us at (205) 558-2222 or go online to bbb.org to make sure they are legitimate before doing business with them. You can read more about protecting yourself from Storm Chasers here.