Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Better Business Bureau is warning Kansans about potential scams following Wednesday's storms.
The agency urges residents to shop around before making repairs. Get at least three written estimates and take additional time to learn about those businesses. Storm victims are also advised to see if businesses are licensed and insured to do the work. Residents may check with city and county governments for this information.
Officials say residents should ask for references from their previous jobs within the last six months.
Always have a written and signed contract in place before any work is started. Make sure the contract includes start and completion dates, exact costs, specific work and warranty information. Read the fine print and understand the terms and conditions before signing.
If a deposit is required, the amount should not be for more than half the cost of the total job cost. Final payment should only be given when the work is completed and the job has passed a final inspection. Payment should only be made through a check or credit card. Never pay in cash.
Be sure that the workers are bonded, if required locally, to protect from theft and damages.
Make sure that contractors pull the correct permits for the job.
The BBB suggests checking for business reviews by calling 800-856-2417.