(October 3, 2022) As the southwest Florida community begins the recovery after the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian, local home builders are warning residents to be beware of scam contractors. Collier Building Industry Association encourages all residents to research contractors to avoid paying for substandard home repairs.

 “Unfortunately, unscrupulous contractors show up after the storm and try to take advantage of homeowners to get them to pay for below-average work or worse, they may not ever show up,” Matt Sellick, CBIA President. “Before you hire a contractor, please make sure to do your homework.”

Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) recommends that homeowners in Collier research potential contractors:

  • Find out if the firm has a permanent business address and a good reputation.
  • Insist on a complete and clearly written contract.
  • DO ask for references and DO NOT pay cash upfront.
  • Call the CBIA for a list of reliable contractors.

CBIA is a National Association of Home Builders-affiliated home builder association that represents the largest network of craftsmen, innovators, and problem solvers dedicated to building and enriching communities.

About CBIA

Founded in 1985, CBIA is an association of builders, remodelers, interior designers, and other professionals in the housing industry. It is one of 700 state and local associations and operates under the auspices of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. CBIA’s Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) provides sales and marketing assistance, information and support to the builder and associate members of the CBIA. The SMC serves as a means to stimulate and maintain a high quality of sales and marketing expertise for CBIA members. CBIA is located at 3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 110, Naples, Florida. For more information, call (239) 436-6100 or visit www.cbia.net. Follow CBIA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.