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BBB Warns of Storm Chasers

Published on April 22, 2015
Remodeling and Home Design

The recent damage caused by storms last night brings out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath also brings out the potential of contractors who take advantage of victims trying to recover from the damage caused by the storm.  Learn more from the BBB.

April 09, 2015

Better Business Bureau® is warning local residents affected to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town or even some local, contractors soliciting business.

BBB offers these tips for storm victims:

  •         Many municipalities require a solicitation permit if salespeople go do-to-door. Verify that they have to have a permit by contacting your local Township or Municipality.
  •         Be proactive in selecting a contractor and not reactive to sales calls on the phone or door-to-door pitches.
  •         While most roofing contractors are honest and will do good work, be careful allowing someone you do not know inspect your roof. Unethical contractors may actually create damage to get work. Try to get at least 3-4 quotes from contractors, and insist payments be made to the company, not an individual.
  •         Do not pay for the work in advance. Be wary of any contractor who insists on full or half payment upfront.
  •         More importantly, be wary of a contractor trying to push you to sign a contract that makes them the exclusive contractor to do the repair job. This restricts the consumer from shopping around for the best bid to repair the damage. Read all of the fine print in the contract and understand ALL terms and conditions within the contract.
  •         Resist high-pressure sales tactics such as the “good deal” you’ll get only if you hire the contractor on the spot. Or if they’ve offered to work for your  neighbor, friend or family at a deep discount. These are often red flags something is amiss.
  •         Get a written contract that specifies the price, the work to be done, the amount of liability insurance coverage maintained by the contractor, and a time frame. Require a copy of their current certificate of insurance. Pay by credit card, if possible; you may have additional protection if there’s a problem.
  •         Check that the contractor’s vehicle has signs or markings on it with the business name, phone number and the appropriate state license plates. Then take the information and check it out using BBB's Accredited Business Directory

Warning to area contractors:

Be aware of storm chasers willing to pay local construction companies substantial amounts of money to use a local company’s established name, reputation and phone so they can masquerade as a local business. 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.

Got a Scam? Report it!

If you are aware of a scam occurring because of a storm chaser or insurance fraud, please let BBB know by reporting to our Scam Tracker. This is applies to consumers and businesses.

Disaster victims should never feel forced to make a hasty decision or to choose an unknown contractor. Our website is tablet and cell phone accessible so you can Look for the Seal by visiting our BBB Accredited Business Directory on