“The typical scam may be, ‘While trimming your trees, we noticed that your chimney cap is cracked, and there’s a possibility that water’s getting in your chimney and causing additional problems. But we can fix that for ya.’ So, your $300 tree job may now be a $1,500 chimney job,” Hartnett said.
A scammer may even offer to replace your roof.
“So, I’ve had people anywhere between $10,000 in losses to $200,000 in losses. And, unfortunately, it’s happening throughout the entire region, not just Montgomery County,” Hartnett said.
“If you have a company who may come up and say, ‘I can start right away. I’ve got extra supplies with me,’ those should all be indicators that something’s not right,” he said.
Here are some tips:
If you need to hire a tree service or home improvement company, Hartnett suggested getting a recommendation from someone you personally know or the Better Business Bureau, instead of relying on online reviews.