Thu, May 08, 2003
Contractors flock to areas where there has been weather or other mass damage. Some of them go there simply becasue there is work there and there's nothing wrong with that...but far too many go there to scam people. They go with untrained workers and no intention of doing a good job, or sometimes no intention of doing the job at all. When homes were rebuilt after the big tornados in OKC in 1999, a lot of them were built shoddily. In May 2003, devastating tornados ripped thru MO, KS and other states, destroying quite a few homes, including a new development. There was large hail in central Nebraska in 2002 and again in 2003, totalling many resident's roofs. Many of the new roofs were highly defective. The contractors are nowhere to be found now, or if they can be found, just don't stand behind their work. The scam contractors always follow this kind of thing. Consumers have to be very careful, but sadly, no matter how careful you are, ANYONE can get taken...there are that many con artists, incompetent people, and that many ways to con you. The legal recourse is a joke, thanks to lobbying by the construction industry to gut our consumer protection laws. It helps if state agencies make consumer complaints public information, as some do...that way you can at least possibly find out if a company has a long string of complaints. Not all state agencies make complaints public, and certainly not all BBB's do.
Tue, May 06, 2003
We had a fire in September of 1999 (on my birthday no less) that devistated us. The contractor suggested us by our insurance company list did the same thing. We filed suit against the company and won a substancial judgment and a month later he filed bankruptcy and re-opened under a new name. The Restoration Source, Inc. became Emergancy Response, Inc. but without all the debt. Later we found out that prior to being The Restoration Source, he was Budget Restoration, Inc. and before that he was Jones Restoration, Inc. Each time filing bankruptcy when the heat got to hot in the kitchen. The worst of all of this was, that on May 5,2000 just after The Restoration Source, Inc. was served with court papers earlier in the day, our finally finished house was set on fire and deemed clearly as arson. The police could not press forward with prosecution of the Restoration Source's owner even though his finger prints were found at the scene because he had been a contractor on our home, and we can't prove how old they were. Please watch out for these sort of contractors! Do your research with the courts in your county and those surrounding you. The few minutes of research could save you a great deal of time, money, and heart-ache in the long run!