I really feel a lot of your pain right now! The storm ripped down part of my backyard fence (I was more worried about Willie & Sonoma - our dogs - but they are safely inside right now). Now it's all about getting it repaired - and fast. Here's what I did: I checked the BBB first. They have a listing of accredited companies. I chose a company that looked good. And here's the key: I CALLED THEM. Be very leery of companies that come to you. Not that they won't do a good job, just check them out. I also was able to pay for the new fence with a credit card. That will give me added protection should they run off with my money and not do the job.
I also recently blogged about the importance of a contract. It is vital if you're having work done. Any deal with a contractor needs to be in writing. Here's some tips:
It doesn't have to be fancy. Just make sure it details the:
- Work to be done (who's going to get the building permit if necessary), price, when payments will be made, and when the job will be finished.
- Be as specific as possible describing what you'll be buying or the services provided
- Never sign a blank/partially blank contract.
- Keep a copy for your records.
- Make sure it includes both sides contact information and address.
Also, Angie's List, which provides local service company ratings, put out these tips to avoid shady storm chasers: