The recent winter blasts dealt the area a nasty blow and the hits keep on coming for many residents. Heavy rains have now brought to light damage caused by ice dams. An ice dam is an ice build-up on roofs of buildings which may cause water damage to the building and contents if the water leaks through the roof.
With that, the BBB reports many residents are being contacted by out-of-state contractors. They warn while there's nothing wrong with contractors that move from market to market, residents should do their homework before hiring any contractor. They suggest being especially wary of one who knocks on your door offering services.
The BBB says it's important to know who you're dealing with. If a contractor knocks on your door, ask for their driver's license, write down the name and address, and make sure the person is licensed and insured. You can also check out contractors at GoBBB.org. Businesses are rated there on an A to F scale.
Finally, use caution when paying up-front. Any transaction where you pay before the work is done is high risk. But if you do pay a percentage of the costs in advance, use a credit card.