Better Business Bureau Cautioning Public About Scam Activity Following Severe Weather Events

Protecting Your Home from Storm Damage Scammers: What Homeowners Need to Know

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In the aftermath of a storm like the one that hit this weekend, homeowners are at risk of falling victim to scammers who offer fake services for home repairs. These scammers often go door to door, targeting those in need of repairs following a storm. Monica Horton, the president of the Better Business Bureau, advised homeowners to be cautious when approached by individuals offering services after a storm. She emphasized the importance of asking to see a solicitation permit, which is required in Wichita Falls for individuals soliciting business.

One of the main red flags to watch out for is a solicitor pressuring the homeowner for upfront payment without any intention of delivering on their promises. Homeowners must be vigilant and not make a rush decision when approached by someone offering services after a storm. By being aware of these warning signs and asking to see the necessary permits, homeowners can protect themselves from falling victim to scammers. It’s crucial to verify the legitimacy of the individual and their services before making any decisions about hiring them for repairs.

Horton also advised homeowners not to pay more than they have to for repairs. Scammers may quote high prices, but they often cut corners or use subpar materials to save money. Homeowners should get multiple quotes from different contractors before making a decision.

Finally, Horton reminded homeowners that they have rights as consumers. If they feel uncomfortable with a particular contractor or service provider, they should walk away and seek help from another source. The Better Business Bureau can provide resources and advice on how to deal with scammers and ensure that you get quality work at fair prices.

In conclusion, after a storm like this weekend’s, it’s important for homeowners to be cautious when hiring contractors for repairs. By asking for permits, verifying credentials, getting multiple quotes, and exercising their rights as consumers, homeowners can protect themselves from falling victim to scams and ensure that their homes are repaired safely and efficiently.

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