Beware of storm chasing contractors after recent tornadoes - KMOV.com

Beware of storm chasing contractors after recent tornadoes

(KMOV) --After a storm in May of 2012, James Ohl of Maryland Heights got a knock on the door.

It was a man from All Seasons Contracting.
 
“From what I noticed they seemed to be working up and down the neighborhood” said Ohl.
 
Ohl wanted his home fixed fast so he paid All Seasons Contracting more than $4,700.
 
They took his money and have not been back to do any work.
 
News 4’s Chris Nagus has been investigating All Seasons Contracting for months.
 
They have taken dozens of deposits for thousands of dollars and done nothing.
 
They have since left town and the Missouri Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against the company.
 
News 4 has issued a warning for those out for the same scenario: a storm rolls in, then so do the trucks from out0of-state looking to cash insurance checks and split.
 
The Better Business Bureau wants to warn people about this issue after the recent storms.
 
“Sometimes when you deal with a company that has come in after a storm it is difficult to get follow ups on issues” said Chris Thetford of the St. Louis BBB.
 
The BBB also warns to follow the rule of thirds: Give a third of the money down at the time you sign the contract, a third when the job is being down and a third when you are satisfied with the finished product.
 
Also make sure and get a lien waiver from the company when the job is complete.
 
For a look at what else to look out for when dealing with roof repairs after storms – click here.

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