an all too familiar scene, Kokomo was again struck by tornadoes on the afternoon
of Wednesday, Aug. 24.
homes and businesses were destroyed, and even more were severely damaged by the
storm. And while fortunately there were no major injuries or fatalities, the recovery will be long and grueling.
however, such environments are breeding grounds for contractors who are less
than reputable. It’s not uncommon to see victims lose significant amounts of
money to scam artists in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure that doesn’t happen here
as Kokomo again rebuilds after the storm. When it comes to choosing a
contractor, there are some easy steps to take to ensure you’re dealing with a
company or individual in good business standing.
Better Business Bureau warns of some red flags to watch out for when choosing a
Is the contractor
certified and insured? It’s the homeowner’s job to ask whether the company is
insured against claims covering workers’ compensation, property damage and
personal liability in case of accidents. And don’t just take their word for it:
Get the name of the insurance carrier and call to verify coverage.
Do you have everything
Get all verbal promises in writing, including start and completion dates in the
contract. Get in writing that the contractor will provide a lien waiver upon
completion of the job. A lien waiver is a statement by the contractor that all
suppliers and subcontractors have been paid for their work.
Are you paying for
everything up front? Don’t.
Pay one third at the start of the project, one third when work is 50 percent
completed and one third after completion.
there are some bad apples, there are many trustworthy and reliable contractors
out there to help you rebuild. The Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses
and homeowners to be smart about the choices they make in the aftermath of this
you do find yourself on the receiving end of a bad contractor in the coming
weeks, we encourage you to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
You may do so by visiting Better Business Bureau-Indiana online at
www.bbb.org/indy or calling its offices at 1-866-463-9222.
an effort to support the community during this time of need, the Chamber of
Commerce will also help serve as a watchful eye. It will compile a list of
reported concerns to help ensure others aren’t taken in as well. You may call
the Chamber at 765-457-5301.