Debris Removal Scams After A Weather Emergency
After natural disasters, unlicensed contractors and scammers often come into affected areas promising
quick repairs. Your local government can tell you whether tree and debris removal contractors need to
be licensed in your area.
Some contractors may demand payment up-front for work they never do, quote outrageous prices, or
simply lack the skills, licenses, and insurance to legally do the work. Ask the contractor to provide their
license and certificate of insurance upfront.
Also, ask contractors for references and be sure to call their previous clients.
Always get a written estimate and sign a written contract that includes a description of the work to be
performed, what materials are included, when the work will be finished, the price, and the address and
phone number of the contractor.
Write down the make, model and license plate number of the contractor’s vehicle in case you need to
report them to authorities.
Always pay with a credit card or check. Be wary if they want cash.
Lastly, if you have any doubts about hiring someone or entering into a contract, take your business