Pulaski Police warn of home repair/pressure washing scam

The Pulaski Police Department would like to warn the public of recent home repair/pressure washing service scam.  Two white males, possibly father and son claiming to have the last name of Joy, have been in the area offering pressure washing services.  They ask for full payment after only completing a small amount of what is agreed on, with promises of returning the following day to complete the job.  The pair drive a small red car with a peeling topcoat, with West Virginia license plates.  The younger male is approximately 18 years of age, with tattoos on his forearms that read “Country by the” on one and “Grace of God” on the other.  The older male is approximately 40 years of age, stocky, with decaying teeth.  If you have any information regarding these individuals, or see them in town, please contact Detective Ratcliff at (540) 440-0247.

Additionally, we would like to offer the following tips when dealing with these types of services:

-Obtain more than one bid for the job

-Insist that the contract be in writing

-Don’t pay contractor before you read and sign a contract

-Don’t pay contractor more than 1/3 of the contract price to begin work

-Sign contract before work begins and keep a copy for your records

-Contract must state the exact work to be done, including start and finish date, and total cost of project

-Obtain the name, address, and phone number of company/contractor

-Check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau

-Never make the final payment unless you are satisfied with the work-If you do question the legitimacy, contact police