Patrick Center December 26, 2013 | WGVU Ice can do plenty of damage from causing branches and trees to fall to causing roofs to leak. The storm’s aftermath is providing business opportunities from unqualified, out-of-state contractors looking for work then getting out-of-town.
The better Business Bureau of Western Michigan calls them storm chasers. People the BBB says, “Take advantage of those who have already been victimized.”
Phil Catlett is President of Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan, he says, "Storm chasers may not have proper licensing and may offer quick fixes or make big promises which they won't deliver." He recommends you log onto www.bbb.org to check out any contractor’s background before entering an agreement.
• Find out if the contractor you are hiring to do repairs is registered within the State of Michigan. A residential builder's or maintenance and alteration contractor's license is typically required. Find out at www.Michigan.gov/lara
• You should verify the contractor has insurance to cover the cost of any damage they may do to your property, and insurance to cover liability for any health issues related to an injury sustained while working on your property.
• If you are hiring a tree service, while they are not required to have a special contractor's license, they are required to be registered to do business in the state of Michigan.
Finally, the BBB recommends you should get a few quotes for any job and do not pay for the job in advance. You might want to write down a license plate number if you get the feeling the contractor is up to no good!
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