Ad Spot

‘Storm chasers’ can complicate weather damage, BBB warns

The Better Business Bureau warns homeowners to watch for 'storm chasers' after severe weather. (RECORD PHOTO/GREGG PARKER
The Better Business Bureau warns homeowners to watch for ‘storm chasers’ after severe weather. (RECORD PHOTO/GREGG PARKER

MADISON COUNTY – Spring officially starts March 20, but severe weather already has hit North Alabama. The Better Business Bureau warns that fraudulent ‘storm chasers’ can add further chaos.

Fly-by-night, door-to-door con artists may follow destructive storms and tornadoes and promote deals that may result in thousands of dollars in expenses and create serious headaches.

“Your BBB recommends doing your research to avoid getting taken advantage of by untrustworthy home contractors and the like,” BBB of North Alabama President Michele Mason said.

In addition, residents should verify the charities that collect donations for storm relief.

“Not only do Americans need to be concerned about avoiding fraud, they need to know charity relief efforts are legitimate and honorable,” BBB vice president Belinda McCormick said. “It’s imperative to find charities you can trust.”

BBB recommends several safeguards. Consumers should check out a company’s BBB rating and complaint history at bbb.org. “It’s fast, easy and free,” Mason said.

Homeowners should get at least three written bids. “The lowest bid isn’t necessarily the best bid,” Mason said.

Also, a company should hold appropriate licenses. For jobs less than $10,000, contractors must hold city or county licenses. For jobs valued at $10,000 or more, businesses must be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board. Call 800-304-0853 or visit hblb.state.al.us.

For consumer protection, companies should have general liability and workers compensation insurance. “Ask for references from their previous three jobs and check them out before you sign a contract,” Mason said.

Written contracts should state start and completion dates, exact costs, specific repairs, quality of materials and warranty information.

“Up-front deposit should not be more than 10 percent of the total job cost or $1,000 and final payment should only be due when the job is completed,” Mason said. “Don’t sign over an entire insurance check to a contractor.” Also, confirm that the company is bonded to protect against theft or damage and pulls appropriate permits.

For more information, call 256-533-1640 or 800-239-1642 or visit northalabama.bbb.

Bob Jones High School

Exploravision regional win goes to James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Alabama State Games To Offer Academic Scholarships During Opening Ceremony

James Clemens High School

James Clemens shows its tech savvy in Science Olympiad

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Jets Press rates first at All American High School Film Festival

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 7, 2021

Bob Jones High School

Sam Uchitel at Bob Jones founds business for Madison CEO

Madison

City Chess Blitz Championship to decide victor on April 24

Bob Jones High School

Senior boys can apply for Alabama Boys State

Madison

VBC says scams targeting ticket seekers increasing, explains how to avoid them

Madison

State open records bill clears Senate committee

Madison

‘Essential business’ bill goes to governor

Madison

EDITORIAL: Fighting COVID-19 will require personal responsibility when mask mandate expires

Madison

Huntsville Ballet Company is back with Peter and the Wolf – April 16-18

Madison

Hubert Family Farms finding success with area’s first “pick your own tulip” experience

Madison

Community tips lead police to Harvest man accused of sexual abuse of a child

Madison

State Senate bill could send over $3.2 million to Madison City Schools

Madison

State health officials ‘encouraged’ by improving COVID-19 numbers

Madison

Digital version of The Madison Record – March 31, 2021

Madison

Tornado relief supply drive continues at Liberty, Madison County District 2 office

Madison

Groundbreaking held for new middle school in Madison

Madison

Kory Alfred reaches credentials as Certified Parks and Recreation Executive

Bob Jones High School

Emily Lee at Bob Jones places at Poetry Out Loud state meet

James Clemens High School

James Clemens HOSA blasts gold at state conference

Bob Jones High School

American Legion Auxiliary accepting bids for Alabama Girls State

x