Home Builders Association of the Greater Rockford Area

Finding The Right Contractor


Following the tragedy of natural disasters, all too often is the exploitation of the disaster victims by unscrupulous people. In the urgency of the moment, trying to protect their property from further damage and to begin the clean up and rebuilding process as quickly as possible, bad decisions get made under pressure, on the spur of the moment, that result in fraud, and/or subpar work for the money paid.

The Ogle County Sheriff has posted the following statement to alert recent storm victims to some basic steps to avoid being scammed by these unscrupulous people.

            Victims of storm damage should never sign a contract or pay cash to a repairman who shows up uninvited on their doorstep. Check to make sure a      contractor is bonded and insured, verify their address, website, etc. Check to see if they are a member of a reputable home builders association and review their BBB record.

            The BBB advises obtaining three bids for any job and make payments to the company, not an individual.

            Get all bids in writing detailing the work to be completed. Don’t forget job site clean up of the old building materials being replaced. Pay in thirds and use a credit card to reverse charges if fraud is suspected. Never pay cash for repair services.

The State of Illinois, Attorney General, has prepared a pamphlet on how to avoid home repair fraud called Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights.  Copies of this pamphlet are available from the HBA of the Greater Rockford Area.

If you think you have been defrauded by a contractor of have any questions, please bring it to the attention of the State’s Attorney in the county where you live or the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

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HBAGRA Contact:
Dennis J. Sweeney
Executive Vice President
Phone: 815.962.1148
Fax: 815.962.1151

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HBAGRA General Membership Meeting

  • November 20, 2014 
  • General Membership Meeting at Lino's. Social hour begins at 6pm. Dinner served at 7pm. Entree slelections are: baked chicken a la Lino or lasagna, $25.00; NY strip steak, $40.00.
  • Email  before 3:00 PM on November 18th to register.