In aftermath of tornado destruction, beware of fly-by-night contractors
April 29, 2014 – The Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock warns Arkansans of the threat of Fly-By-Night Contractors. Following disasters such as tornadoes, one of the untold costs are those associated with fraud. Often “fly-by-night” contractors appear in communities right after a disaster and further victimize the homeowners by swindling them out of their limited resources by offering cheap and quick repair work. Here’s a warning that may save you from another disaster: fly-by-night contractors.
Signs that a contractor could be trying to take advantage of you:
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, intimidation or threats.
You’re told you’ve been “chosen” as a demonstration project at a special, low price.
You’re told a “special” 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.