These radio public service announcement (PSA) scripts provide a template for HBAs to warn consumers of unscrupulous contractors following a disaster. Four options are provided based on the length of the PSA.
PSA #1: Pulling Together
We can be proud that neighbors in our area have pulled together to help each other after our recent [insert type of disaster]. Now, it’s time to pull together again as we try to rebuild our lives and our homes. On behalf of the [insert HBA name], we’d like to warn you about another potential disaster: unscrupulous contractors.
Beware of these warning signs:
- You’re told that on this job, a contract “won’t be necessary.
- You’re asked to pay for the entire job “up front”—or pay cash to a salesperson instead of a check or money order to a company.
- You are confronted with scare tactics.
- You’re told you’ve been “chosen” as a demonstration project at a special, low price.
- You’re told a low price is good only if you sign a contract today.
- The contractor won’t give you references—or the references can’t be located.
- You can’t verify the contractor’s business address.
If a contractor you feel is not being upfront has contacted you, please contact the [insert HBA name] for a list of reliable contractors. They can be reached at [insert phone number].
PSA #2: Fly-by-Nighters
The [insert HBA name] feels a special bond with its neighbors whose homes have been damaged by the [insert type of disaster].
As you begin repairing your home, please consider some important advice: Before you hire a contractor, do some homework.
- Find out if the firm has a permanent business address and a good reputation.
- Insist on a complete and clearly written contract.
- DO ask for references and DO NOT pay cash up front.
- Call the [insert HBA name] for a list of reliable contractors.
No one could stop the [insert type of disaster]—but a fly-by-night contractor is one disaster you can prevent.
PSA #3: Rebuild
As you begin to repair your homes after the [insert type of disaster]—don’t let another disaster strike. Make sure your contractor is on the level. Verify the company’s business address and references.
Insist on a contract and DON’T pay cash up front. The [insert HBA name] can help you find a reliable contractor.
Call them at [insert phone number].
PSA #4: Don't Settle
Our community’s experienced builders and remodelers are among the best in the nation. As you begin the process of repairing your home after the [insert type of disaster]—don’t settle for second best.
For a list of reliable contractors, contact the [insert HBA name] at [insert phone number].