Here at Atlanta Chimney Doctor, LLC, we believe in every person getting a fair price and a good value on their chimney services, whether it be repair, cleaning, or replacement. Unfortunately, there are some dishonest people out there who want to take advantage of people when it comes to their chimneys, so here are 5 tips to avoid chimney-cleaning scams this winter.
Ask for and Contact References
When someone approaches you about providing chimney cleaning or inspection services, make sure you ask for and contact a number of their references. This is probably the first thing that you can do to make sure the company is reputable.
Avoid the “Too Good to Be True”
If a deal sounds too good to be true, it just might be. Make sure that you do not fall for a low price. Instead, contact some other chimney services and get estimates from each. This will give you a better idea of how much you should actually pay for these services.
Take Your Time
You might feel pressured by the chimney cleaner to take action quickly. This may be a sign of a scam. Make sure to take your time and do some shopping around. Despite what the company might be telling you, if they solicited your business in the first place, you have time to do your own due diligence.
Licensure and Insurance
The company should have an up-to-date license and insurance. If they are hesitant to provide these right away, it is probably best that you steer clear. Every chimney sweep should be able to provide copies of their license and insurance right away.
Do Your Own Research
There are a number of online sources that you can check. By doing a simple internet search, you can find a lot of information about a company’s reputation. You can also check the Better Business Bureau website to review any complaints filed against the company or find out if they even exist.