Trees down? Need yard cleanup? The BBB offers property owners wise tips to follow.

The Texas Panhandle has experienced plenty of storm damage recently. Lots of property owners are dealing with the aftermath. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises owners to be on the lookout for scam artists. Here's some BBB tips to avoid "after-disaster" scams.

First, always check with your insurance company about coverage and filing requirements. Next, don't let individuals knocking on your door pressure you. Check your local paper or the BBB for a reputable, local service provider. Take the time to get 3 or 4 estimates. As you get your estimates, ask if the company has a certified arborist is on staff. Make sure the service provider has current liability and workers compensation insurance. Always get a written contact with anyone you hire, and read to make sure stump removal is included. Never prepay!

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