Bloomberg Businessweek recently published a beginners “how to” guide to hiring contractors after Sandy. The information presented is OK I guess, it’s nothing earth shattering to my regular readers and it’s nothing that you shouldn’t already know. It’s presented in a pretty straightforward manner and uses some good references as well.
The reason I chose this article is the beginning third of it talks a lot about who these scam artists are and what they do. These so called “storm chaser” contractors follow these storms a la the ambulance chaser lawyer types who would follow ambulances to hospitals in order to get a grieving victim to sue. The article gives some tricks these storm chasers use and presents some interesting stats about them as well.
Along with the tips that you can use to try and not get scammed by storm chaser contractors I also want to go ahead and remind everyone that we are offering our services to Sandy victims for free. In general you can never be too careful about protecting yourself and your home from contractors like these; but especially in times of emergency. You have enough on your mind, shouldn’t being worried about paying your contractor be off of that list?
Everybody build (and hire) safe out there!