Recent rains have created flooding emergencies for homeowners. These problems can bring out scammers looking to take advantage of people in trouble.
The Better Business Bureau is recommending homeowners take steps to protect themselves to avoid scams. When dealing with flooding problems, the BBB recommends three things to successfully hire a contractor to fix these issues:
- Request bids from two or three different companies.
- Don’t automatically pick the lowest bid.
- Base all bids on the same criteria.
“When reading bids and contracts, be sure to read all agreements, guarantees and instructions before signing,” said Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the BBB. “Don’t be pressured into signing an agreement before you are ready and you understand the terms and conditions.”
Typically with this kind of work, the BBB says a down payment of one-third the total contract price is made with additional payments due after completion of each phase of work. Final payment should not be made until the job is completed and you have inspected the work.