Beware of unlicensed tree trimmers roaming Baton Rouge neighborhoods

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – People are roaming neighborhoods trying to make a quick buck following Hurricane Ida.

Work is just getting underway to remove a down tree in Linda Howes’ yard in Baton Rouge. On Monday, Sherbrook Drive was filled with men and women who were offering tree services.

“Starting at like seven in the morning, people came knocking on the door with their services. I have so many business cards,” said Howes.

Howes is not sure the man she’s hired is licensed. She said, “My husband and my father-in-law spoke to him so I wasn’t in on that conversation so don’t I think he has any credentials. I think he’s just a guy with a chainsaw.”

She chose him because he gave her the cheapest quote.

“He said $500, and I had a quote up to $4,000,” said Howes.

Carmen Million is the CEO of the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana. She said, “You should always do your homework and investigate before you hire.”

Hiring unlicensed workers can make you liable for any injuries or damages.

Million said, “You don’t want an unlicensed, uninsured person on your roof or cutting down a tree, because you don’t want to go through another disaster, you’ve just been through one. You don’t want it to continue.”

Always check the credentials of whoever you hire and do not pay until the job is complete.

Howes has not paid the man she’s hired. She is confident he will get the job done.

“He’s doing a good job,” she said.

If you ever get scammed, contact the BBB or the Attorney General’s office.

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