Can You Trust Those Signs Posted at Street Corners?

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

You may have seen them hanging on street lights or telephone poles, signs advertising a product or service. But how do you know who's legit and who's out to scam you???

"I was trying to find work and I thought maybe that would be a quick easy way of advertising," says Bill Chrysler who is a contractor who builds patios, decks and other construction projects. Chrysler says he can’t afford to pay for newspaper or TV adds so he put up several signs around town. He says a 70 to 80 percent drop off in work has inspired him to get creative with his advertising. Chrysler says, "This year due to the economy its slowed way down and I've been putting a few more signs out in hopes of picking up some work."

Finding a business on a busy street corner is just like finding one out of the phone book, if you want to make sure you're getting a good product you've got to do your homework. "Whether its from tree advertising, billboards or if its on an actual vehicle driving down the road get as much information as possible," says Better Business Bureau Manager,
Holly Miller.

Miller says all they need is a name or a phone number to check for a reliability report.
That’s a report that lists complaints or recommendation people have filed with the BBB about that business. If a business doesn't have one, it doesn’t mean that business is good or bad, it just means you'll have to check somewhere else.

Miller says, "You should ask the company for three referrals you should call and or visit all three of those referrals." If a company can't offer a referral it often means they haven't done that type of work before or nobody liked what they did. Chrysler says, "I have a photo album that I show them of the work I've done here in Grand Junction I have letters of reference."

Another warning to look for says Miller is payment problems. "Asking for money up front is another big red flag, never give the full amount," says, Miller. Smaller down payments should be sufficient.

Still worried about who you're hiring? Miller suggests a trip to the county courthouse to check for pending lawsuits against the business or person in question. And for Chrysler, he'll keep putting up his signs, something that's seemed to work in the past for him and his employees. "I have three, me, myself and I," says, Chrysler, laughing.

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