Beware of Mold remediation ripoff whenever major disasters happen, such as hurricanes. Because of local backlogs, hordes of unscrupulous wannabes descend into the area. They set themselves up as experts in mold remediation and take advantage of desperate homeowners.
Trust us! Living in Florida, we have experienced many hurricanes and seen far too many ripoffs. Be smart, heed the following 10 commandments:
10 Commandments To Avoid Getting Ripped Off
By Mold Remediation Con Artists
- Thou shalt not hire fly-by-night companies with no local addresses.
- Thou shalt not hire anyone without seeing his license and references.
- Thou shalt not skip the mold assessment phase before and after mold remediation.
- Thou shalt not hire the same company to do both the finding (inspection) and the fixing (mold remediation).
- Thou shalt not hire mold inspectors who analyze microbial samples in the back of their trucks.
- Thou shalt not try to save a buck by hiring a handy man who could make the problem much worse.
- Thou shalt not skip the post-remediation sampling phase.
- Thou shalt not trust miracle cures without scientific and written evidence that these procedures have passed a mold clearance test.
- Thou shalt not give full payment upfront to anyone.
- Thou shalt not put your signature on a contract without reading the fine print.
Con artists are everywhere. It is up to you to be on your guard.
The following is a story with a happy ending. We helped an old lady once who had just received a $20,000 settlement check from her insurance company following the three hurricanes of 2004. Her small trailer was beyond repairs and couldn’t be fixed. She signed the check over to a con-man who convinced her he would fix her trailer. Then an hour later she called us and begged us to help. We were able to locate the man who had not yet cashed the check. After we mentioned we would contact the police, he quickly returned the check and the lady was overjoyed.