CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Carol Johnston just wanted to get her Mahogony tree trimmed and prepared for upcoming hurricane season. She says when a man knocked on her door and offered to do the big job for 250 dollars, she thought it would be ok. The man had a business card, but she says, that was about it. She says her tree was hacked and the debris left at the edge of the street, improperly stacked for pickup. Johnston received a citation from the City of Cape Coral to get the debris bundled or face a fine. Johnston call a new (and licensed) tree service to finish the job. Tim's Tree Service showed up and cleared up the mess. Company owner, Tim Digenerro says this is not the first time he's been called to clean up work left behind by unlicensed contractors and he doubts it will be the last.
Lee County Sheriff's Deputies say it is important to stop and think before jumping into an agreement with a door to door contractor. Law enforcement warns, if a contractor is not licensed and insured and they are either injured on the job or they do damage to your home, your homeowners may not cover the claim. Turning that "too good to be true" deal into a costly nightmare.