Better Business Bureau reminds those who experience storm damage to take certain precautions when hiring a tree service.
Natural disasters like tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes can bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, crises also bring out persons who choose to take advantage of the victims.
Some of the most common "after-disaster" scams involve damage done to trees. Better Business Bureau offers the following tips to homeowners who suffer tree damage in the wake of a natural disaster:
- Check with your insurance company about policy coverage and specific filing requirements.
- Although you may be anxious to get things back to normal, avoid letting your emotions get the better of you. Don't be pressured into making an immediate decision. Be wary of door-to-door solicitations and check to see if your community requires them to have solicitation permits.
- Take time to shop around and get 3-4 estimates. For large projects, ask the tree service how many projects like yours they have completed in the last year. Ask for several local references that are at least one year-old and follow through on checking them.
- Verify with that businesses are required to be licensed/registered to do work in your area.
- Check to see whether the business in question is a member of any reputable trade association, such as the