Once floodwaters fall around the Riverbend and as clean up begins, the Better Business Bureau sounds the alarm about unscrupulous contractors who tend to flock to areas impacted by a major weather event.  If you plan to hire a contractor to perform clean up or repairs, the agency advises you to proceed with caution.

BBB Investigator Chris Thetford tells The Big Z you should get at least three estimates, from different companies for hiring someone and that you shouldn't automatically accept the lowest bid.

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Thetford also recommends that you ask for a contract, even if the firm does not typically write them, because that agreement will be the only way to defend yourself if the work isn't done properly.  The BBB also recommends that you make sure to get a copy of the agreement in writing before work begins, and to never pay the full amount up front.


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