Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is warning people to be on the lookout for shady contractors targeting homeowners hit by this weekend’s storm. Storm chasing can be costly with trained salespeople going door-to-door soliciting work. While many of these contractors offer low prices and quick repairs, some lack the proper registration and do not stand behind their work.
Before making repairs, BBB reminds consumers to:
· Take time choosing contractors and avoid being forced into decisions.
· Research companies through verifiable resources, like bbb.org.
· Get company’s complete names, addresses and phone numbers.
· Make sure contractors are licensed, bonded and have the appropriate permits.
· Verify company’s insurance.
· Ask for references.
· Draft contracts before work begins and never pay full prices upfront.
Storm victims should be suspicious of vague or hesitant answers or companies that don’t offer contracts.
For more information, visit bbb.org. To find local trustworthy contractors, visit the BBB Accredited Business Directory.