From the WVHBA:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the wake of the recent flooding disaster, people have pulled together to help each other rebuild their lives and homes. The Home Builders Association of West Virginia would like to warn residents of another potential disaster from unscrupulous contractors.
Beware of the following warning signs:
- You’re told that on this job a contract “won’t be necessary”.
- You’re asked to pay for the entire job “up front” or pay cash to a salesperson instead of a check or money order to a company
- You are confronted with scare tactics
- You are told you’ve been “chosen” as a demonstration project at a special low price
- You’re told a low price is good only if you sign a contract today
- The contractor won’t give you references – or the references can’t be located
- You can’t verify the contractor’s business address
As you begin repairing your home, please be sure to do your homework before hiring a contractor. Check their references and be sure they are a local, licensed, reputable business with proper insurance coverage. Work with your insurance company regarding timelines, payments, etc. Don’t make rash decisions under pressure.
For additional information contact John Brumley, president, Home Builders Association of West Virginia 304-736-0561 or Regina Skeen, executive officer, Home Builders Association of West Virginia 304-342-5176