CHICAGO, IL – May 4, 2012 – Spring has sprung butunfortunately warmer weather can also bring hazardous rainstorms and flooding.The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) remindshome and business owners it’s important to beware of fraudulent contractors so theyget the proper repairs for the right price.
“While there may be a sense of urgency, we encourageconsumers and business owners to take time and carefully consider repaircontracts,” said Steve J Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “Avoid rushing into expensivedecisions that aggravate an already stressful time.”
The BBB suggests residents consider the following beforeusing a contractor:
- Contactthe BBB before you hire a contractor and avoid businesses who come to your doorwith a good deal. Visit www.bbb.org andconsider using the BBB’s FREE online service called Request-A-Quoteto obtain estimates, proposals or general information from BBB Accreditedcontractors;
- Donot give into demands to make excessively large down payments. Also, don't makefull payment until all the work is done to your satisfaction;
- Determine whether the contractor has the proper insurance and ask to see any required state or local permits or licenses;
- Homeowners should check with local and county units of government to determine if permits or inspections are required.
According, to the Illinois Attorney General's Office,Illinois has a HomeRepair and Remodeling Act that requires contractors to furnish customerswith written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than$1,000. Additionally, the Act states a contract must be signed by both thecustomer and the contractor.
The law also requires contractors to carry at leastminimum amounts of insurance for property damage, bodily injury and improperhome repair.
For information on hiring a contractor visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profitorganization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote anethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means ofconciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims,online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop andissue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encouragepeople to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.