October 23, 2018 08:35 AM
Snow is on its way in the next few months. That means many of you will be hiring a snow plow contractor soon. So what do you need to keep in mind so you won't get scammed?
There have been horror stories in our area. A local man was arrested for agreeing to plow hundreds of driveways. He took money from customers and it turns out he didn't even have a truck.
The Better Contractors Bureau (BCB) has some tips to avoid this. Don't just call the number you see on a sign or online, instead take some time to do your homework. You can look for reviews on the person you're looking to hire. It’s also a good idea to ask your neighbors who they use. No matter who you hire, you should always make sure the person you hire has insurance.
At the BCB, Executive Director Carmen Santora says their phones are already ringing with contractor questions. He encourages people not to sign up for contracts, instead hire someone on a per trip basis.
"The only way you ever get hurt on a per trip basis is if you have a major snowstorm and instead of them doing it once a week when the snowfall comes. you might have someone coming three or four times a day,” Santora says. “But if you have a major bad winter and you have a contract with 15 plows, you may get hurt that way.”
Santora also tells people not to give deposits for snow plowing. If a contractor encourages you to give a deposit so you can be at the top of their plow list, he says that's probably a scam.
Another thing to think about, most of their complaints come from people who claim their snow plow operator damaged something in their yard without fixing it. Scammers are also known to target the elderly population.
Santora encourages anyone with questions about hiring a snow plow operator to call the BCB at 585-338-3600.
Updated: October 23, 2018 08:35 AM
Created: October 23, 2018 08:31 AM
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