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Avoid getting scammed when hiring someone to plow or shovel

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Posted at 5:55 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 10:53:26-05

As we start to get more snow this winter, it's time to start thinking about who will shovel or plow your driveways, parking lots and sidewalks.

When hiring a contractor there's a few things to keep in mind so you don't get scammed.

"Do your research before you buy," said Susan Bach, the Northeast Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin.

According to the Better Business Bureau reputation is key.

To make sure you're hiring a trustworthy contractor you can search the Directory of Reputable Companies on the BBB's website.

Come to an agreement on a written contract.

You should have a representative with the company come to your property to look over the area so you can point out possible landscaping areas that could be an obstacle.

This can be done in-person or virtually to make sure you are on the same page.

Some snow removal companies charge per plowing or per season. You should never pay up front for entire season.

"They will take the money up front for an entire season and then never return," warns Bach.

A credible company will split this into two or three payments throughout the year.

Make sure the person or company you are hiring is insured. Property damage or an injury on the job could leave you liable for big costs.

If you run into an issue with your home contractor, file a complaint with the BBB and they'll help you resolve the issue.