The recent damage done by the Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas 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, your 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,” said Liz Fredrichs, President of the Better Business Bureau. “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.”
Your BBB offers the following tips for storm victims:
Your BBB is seeing out-of-state contractors setting up shop in the area trying to capture construction work caused by the Hurricane Harvey. 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 business’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.
As part of our effort to educate those affected by the hurricane, last week we sent out the following press release on BBB Warns of Scams Related to Post Disaster Clean-up
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 BBB Business Reviews you can trust on local businesses, visit www.bbb.org or call 409-835-5348.
Visit bbb.org/southeast-texas/disaster for all resources and information on recovering from Hurricane Harvey.