Sandy ‘storm chasers’
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many New Yorkers were in dire need of home improvements, so several hired tree removers and other home repair specialists for help. Some contractors were legitimate contractors who came in from around the country, but others were scam artists who took money and never did the work. The New York State Senate issued a news release in December cautioning state residents to watch out for anyone who says the repairs must be made immediately, or offers a discounted price if you refer others but only if you buy today, among other things.
If you’re in need of a legitimate contractor, the BBB recommends searching for one in its website, where it has tens of thousands of accredited businesses.