On Your Side: Storm Cleanup Scams

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, July 11, 2008

AUGUSTA--Those storms took down a lot of trees and damaged a lot people's homes, especially off of Pleasant Home Road.

When it comes to taking down big trees and limbs, it's best to leave it up to the professionals. There are a lot of qualified folks to do the job. But there are some others who are also qualified at scamming you.

In just a matter of minutes, Mother Nature created hours, if not days of damage to cleanup.

"Got to hustle more baby." That's the motto of Stallion Tree Service's Joseph. He's one of the many helping clean up the mess.

"It's been real hard today. We've been working since 7:30 this morning," he said.

In no time on Thursday, heavy winds went snap, crackle and pop with trees all over the Sugarmill Road Neighborhood. And that made mince meat of people's roofs and yards.

And now, Joseph and the rest of the Stallion Tree Service crews have to get rid of it all.

With big damage, it's easy to see why someone would get impatient to get it cleaned up. But now is the time to be patient. Especially when picking a contractor or else you might get scammed.

"There's a pile of shingles over there," said Stallion Tree Service owner Bobby Temenak to one of his crews.

Temenak says it's not unusual for people to overcharge during times like this and he's already seen it after this storm.

'It's happening. People are riding through get what they can. Homeowners have to be careful," he said.

That means getting multiple estimates and making sure the company is licensed, bonded and insured. And avoid the people going door to door.

Do that and the only thing you'll have to worry about is what to do with all your new firewood.

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