After the storm, watch out for fly-by-night contractors

LITTLE ROCK - The Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock warns Arkansans of the threat of Fly-By-Night Contractors. Following disasters such as tornados, one of the untold costs are those associated with fraud. Often "fly-by-night" contractors appear in communities right after a disaster and further victimize the homeowners by swindling them out of their limited resources by offering cheap and quick repair work. Here's a warning that may save you from another disaster: fly-by-night contractors. Signs that a contractor could be trying to take advantage of you: 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, intimidation or threats. You're told you've been "chosen" as a demonstration project at a special, low price. You're told a "special" 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. For safe and reliable resources, check with your local Home Builders Association ( or or the Better Business Bureau (