BBB urges caution when hiring debris clean-up crews

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Many took the time to clean up after the winter storm over the weekend, but before conducting business with a contractor, there's a warning you need to know about.

Clean up and repairs from the winter storm can be expensive. So the better business bureau urges you to check into any company before doing business with them.

"They started falling on my roof, on my deck; I was petrified," said Lettie Jean Ferrer, whose was in her house following the storm because a tree blocked her front door. "I was shaking so bad I didn't eat for two days, didn't sleep for 2 nights."

Neighbors are helping her clean up the yard now, just like many across our area.

The Better Business Bureau is warning residents to be aware of people posing as clean-up crews, and contractors trying to make a quick buck off misfortune. The BBB urges you to be proactive and research companies online at There you can find accredited businesses, check out their score from the Better Business Bureau, and even read comments from previous customers.

The BBB suggests finding three companies to compare, and asking for a free estimate before agreeing to anything.

The Better Business Bureau tracks companies across the nation, but urges you to be aware of people knocking on your door offering clean up services from out of state. Look up the name of their company online first.

For more information and tips from the BBB, visit the local chapter online here:

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