In the wake of this week’s severe weather, the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas offers guidance aimed at preventing storm victims from incurring further damage from unscrupulous contractors.
“Losses due to fraud are one of the untold costs associated with disasters,” said HBA Vice President Joe Chamberlain. “I work in some of the hardest hit areas and I am already seeing ‘fly-by-night’ contractors starting to appear in the area.”
“Fly-by-night” contactors often appear in communities right after a disaster and further victimize those affected by swindling them out of their precious and limited resources by promising inexpensive and quick repair work. As such, the Home Builders Association urges storm victims to beware of contractors who:
• Tell them that a contract on a job, “will not be necessary.”
• Ask for payment for the entire job up front or for cash to be paid to a salesperson instead of check or money order to a company.
• Utilize intimidation, scare tactics, or threats.
• Say that the homeowner qualifies for a “special low price” that is only good for a limited time.
• Will not provide references or references cannot be located.
• Provide a business address that cannot be verified.
North Texans looking for more information to help them get on the road to recovery and rebuilding should visit www.DallasBuilders.com/afterthestorm. That website provides tips on selecting a contractor including what questions to ask, relevant Texas legislation and search link to locate residential construction professionals.