How To Avoid Storm Damage Clean-up Scams

May 05, 2017

Both trustworthy and not so trustworthy businesses may come to your door because they’re in your neighborhood after recent storms – so here’s how you can protect yourself:

  • While the business is assessing the damage to your home or trees, look them up on our website to see if they’re an accredited business and what their rating and reviews are like.
  • If they past that test, then get the estimate in writing along with a start date and completion date
  • Preference is not to put down deposit but if you have to, make it a small one 5 to 10 percent and use your credit card so you can dispute the charge if the job’s not finished. If you pay by check, make check to business not individual. And never pay cash.
  • And never given them their last dollar until the work is completely done. And I mean completely. We get a lot of complaints about businesses that will say, “It’s getting dark. I’ll come back tomorrow to finish.” And then you never see them again.


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