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CAUTION when Finding Reliable Contractors to Repair Home after Hurricane Ike The Woodlands & Spring Texas

The Woodlands, Spring & Houston Texas:

BBB is saying use CAUTION when looking for a reliable contractor to repair your home after Hurricane Ike

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of unscrupulous repair people.

  • Call the BBB (713)868-9500 or (877)468-9222 to get a contractors report
  • Check their website at www.BBBhouston.org
  • Please report any suspious people
  • Get references from friends, relatives or realtors
  • Be suspicious of door-to-door workers, especially if they use scare tactics
  • Check to see if the company name is on their vehicle or if company is in phone directory
  • Try to get 2-3 estimates for the cost of repairs and that contractors are bidding the same package
  • (including materials, when work begins, is completed & when payments made)
  • A 30% downpayment of the total is standard for the industry
  • Get a detailed description of the necessary work
  • Do NOT sign a completion form until you are satisfied

Proceed with caution!  Additional heartache and money will be saved for the many victims of Hurricane Ike.

The Woodlands



  • #1 Best Selling master-planned community in the state of Texas
  • 27 miles North of Houston
  • 16 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Close to I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion outdoor amphitheater 
  • 190 miles of hike and bike trails
  • Exemplary public schools and Acclaimed private schools
  • Ranked one of the top 10 safest communities in Texas
  • Click here to see a video of "The Woodlands"



Comment balloon 5 commentsPippa Mac • September 26 2008 09:38AM


Hi Pippa, I would say the BBB is right to be careful with contractors. NEVER pay full for a job up front. Great reminder for all those in the Hurricane ravaged areas that need work done.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago


It's a rotten fact of life that after any disaster, no matter the devastation level, the rip-off artists come out of the woodwork.  It's maddening that there are others that will take advantage of people when they are so vulnerable.  But, unfortunately, it happens every day.

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 10 years ago

A man contacted me claiming to be from a company listed in BBB and gave his cell number. Sent a man to repair. This man wanted $50 to buy tarp to cover roof. I became suspicious that a big company did not have money to buy tarp. Looked in phone book, got phone number and called. They said they did not contact me or send anyone. I told the repair man I would not pay. He demanded $240 for coming all the way to my house. He threatened physical harm. I said I am going to call police and he left.

Posted by Anonymous about 10 years ago

Hi Pippa - glad to see you post this.  Since you are getting such good traffic to your blog hopefully it will create awareness for some folks who might otherwise get taken advantage of.

Have a great weekend!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 10 years ago

Excellent tips. It is a sad fact that people really have to follow these tips to protect themselves! Most people pull together to get through tough times like they are experiencing in Houston. Others see it as an opportunity to cheat people and create more heartache. Great post!

Posted by Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington (Elite Realty NW - Keller Williams, Vancouver Washington) about 10 years ago