The property damage expected from this week’s storm is expected to be massive, but sometimes the cost of repairing such wreckage can be inflated beyond a fair price.
Local authorities are warning residents to watch out for unscrupulous contractors in the wake of this week’s storm.
“There might be some people that suddenly pop up and many times these people don’t have insurance and they try to take advantage of the situation,” said Terry Grosselfinger, director of consumer affairs and public advocate for Rockland County. “You have to be look out for that.”
Other resources that could be valuable in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy include:
Renegade Renovators: Westchester County’s Office of Consumer Affairs maintains a “bad guy” list. http://consumer.westchestergov.com/home-contractors/choosing-a-contractor
Rockland County Department of Consumer Affairs: http://www.co.rockland.ny.us/. You can also file a complaint, and find consumer tips.
Better Business Bureau: To check out whether a business, firm or worker is reputable, go here: http://newyork.bbb.org/consumers/ You can also report shady companies to the BBB.
Westchester County Clerk: This is a good resource to check whether a contractor is licensed. Call them at 914-995-3082 or visit the website www.westchesterclerk .com
Putnam County Office of Consumer Affairs: www.putnamcountyny.com/consumers