By Victor Lopez
ODESSA - If you're one of the many who suffered hail damage to your home last week, you are no doubt making calls of your own to get it fixed.
But buyer beware. If you dont know who you're dealing with, you could end up being cheated out of your hard earned money.
The president and CEO of the Permian Basin Better Business Bureau says, "Roofing companies are generally one of the top three highest companies inquired about every month. We've had 109 inquiries on roofing companies since the hail storm on the 9th.
Trish powell tells NewsWest 9, it's best to do your homework before hand in order to save yourself a headache later, "That's the way they generally come to us. That's our first awareness, that a consumer will contact us to find out they might have made a mistake and sure enough, they probably did."
JB Bejarano, a third generation roofer says, there are some things you should look for before you hire a roofing company, "Anybody who asks you for any money down, anybody who might have out of state tags, when you look in the phone book, another tell-tale sign is that they have a 1-800 number."
The BBB agrees, "You also want to check and make sure the company is not a fly by night. We've got a lot of "companies" who come in and say, yeah I'm in the area and doing business here, and they give you a local telephone number which ends up being a disposable cell phone, that they really never had a business here."
But when all else fails, Bejarano says just go with your gut, "If you have a bad feeling about somebody, don't use them."
The Better Business Bureau wants you to know, they're there for you when you need them, within reason. Powell explains, "We don't recommend. We don't suggest. We give you factual information so that you can make a better buying decision."
If you have any questions about a particular roofing company or you feel you have been the victim of a scam, you can call the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-592-4433 or you can visit their website at www.bbb.org.