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After the storm, watch out for fly-by-night contractors

After the storm, watch out for fly-by-night contractors

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LITTLE ROCK - The Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock warns Arkansans of the threat of Fly-By-Night Contractors. Following disasters such as tornados, one of the untold costs are those associated with fraud. Often “fly-by-night” contractors appear in communities right after a disaster and further victimize the homeowners by swindling them out of their limited resources by offering cheap and quick repair work. Here’s a warning that may save you from another disaster: fly-by-night contractors.

Signs that a contractor could be trying to take advantage of you:

  • You’re told that on this job, a contract “won’t be necessary.”
  • You’re asked to pay for the entire job “up front” — or pay cash to a salesperson instead of a check or money order to a company.
  • You are confronted with scare tactics, intimidation or threats.
  • You’re told you’ve been “chosen” as a demonstration project at a special, low price.
  • You’re told a “special” low price is good only if you sign a contract today.
  • The contractor won’t give you references — or the references can’t be located.
  • You can’t verify the contractor’s business address.
For safe and reliable resources, check with your local Home Builders Association (www.hbaglr.com or www.faulknercountyhomebuilders.com) or the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org/arkansas).