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Better Business Bureau warning – Flood victims beware

Posted by Newsroom On April - 18 - 2013

CHICAGO, IL – Homeowners and businesses who are trying to recover from flood damage due to the extremely heavy rains in the area should be aware so that they do not become victims of unscrupulous contractors.  

“There will be dishonest businesses that will exploit the situation and try to scam homeowners and businesses that are in need of making repairs,” said Steve J Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “While there may be a sense of urgency, we encourage consumers and business owners to carefully consider repair contracts and not rush into making expensive decisions that can aggravate an already stressful time.”

 

The Better Business Bureau provides a FREE online service called Request a Quote to find local BBB Accredited contractors you can trust at www.bbb.org 

Here are some tips that should be considered if your home or business has been damaged due to rains:

  • Do research – contact the BBB before you hire a contractor and avoid businesses who come to your door with a good deal. Go to our website at www.bbb.org and consider using the BBB’s FREE online service called Request a Quote to obtain estimates, proposals or general information from BBB Accredited contractors.

  • Request bids from two or three different companies.

  • Base all bids on the same criteria.

  • Don’t automatically pick the lowest bid.

  • Do not give into demands to make excessively large down payments. And don’t make full payment until all the work is done to your satisfaction.

  • Determine whether the contractor has the proper insurance.

  • Ask to see any required state or local permits or licenses.

  • Work with contractors who have a verifiable track record.

  • Homeowners should check with local and county units of government to determine if permits or inspections are required.

  • Get all estimates in writing.

For further information on hiring a contractor visit www.bbb.org 

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