Strongsville police are asking residents to be wary about contractors going door-to-door to solicit services like tree-trimming, roofing, driveway repair and more.
While some are legitimate businesses, some are not -- and there are two common scams they run.
First, NEVER walk outside with a solicitor to check out an alleged problem with your roof, a tree or other issue. Sometimes, an accomplice is hiding nearby, and slips into your house while you're distracted, stealing whatever he can grab.
Second, make sure you're dealing with a reputable contractor. Check to see if he is displaying a current solicior's permit issued by the Strongsville Police Department. If he's not, close the door and report the person to police at (440) 238-7373.
Next, check references -- make sure the company is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and is registered with the Strongsville Building Department
Also, don't give money up front to an unknown contractor who promises to return to do the job -- no matter how friendly and honest he seems.