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Release Date: September 2, 2016
A MESSAGE FROM THE ZACHARY BUILDING INSPECTOR:
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CLEAN-HOUSE CERTIFICATE. IF ANYONE COMES TO YOUR HOUSE SELLING THIS TYPE OF CERTIFICATE FOR $800.00 ITS PROBABLY A SCAM. I CAN’T EMPHASIZE ENOUGH FOR HOMEOWNERS TO USE A LICENSED AND BONDED CONTRACTOR. WE HAVE A LIST OF CONTRACTORS AT THE CITY HALL ANNEX BUILDING, DROP BY THERE AND PICK UP A LIST IF YOU ARE UNSURE!
As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when dealing with water damage, you’ve also got to be careful to avoid scams after a flood. Any natural disaster brings an influx of fraudsters and scam artists into a local area, eager to prey on homeowners at a particularly vulnerable time.
Reputable, legitimate water damage recovery firms don’t solicit business door-to-door or over the telephone. Be suspicious of persons spontaneously showing up at your house in the aftermath of a flood or calling randomly on the phone.
Federal emergency organizations like FEMA do not endorse specific water damage or other flood recovery companies. Nor do they endorse private contractors. Anyone who claims to be “certified” or otherwise recommended by a federal agency to perform private flood recovery services should be considered a likely scamster.
Beware of requests for large advance deposits in cash. Because fraud artists don’t plan to be around to finish the work, they want as much hard money up front as possible.
Insist on getting a local business address, not just a telephone number or email. Any trustworthy water damage recovery company has an established office, shop, and marked work vehicles.
Ask to see a contractor’s license.