Local officials are warning Hudson Valley residents to avoid getting scammed by people who remove snow near your homes.

The Ulster County District Attorney’s Division of Consumer Affairs offered a number of tips regarding professionals who will look to clear their driveways, storefronts and parking lots of snow and ice this coming winter.

According to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, the following tips will help prevent unnecessary misunderstanding and avoid needless disputes:

  • Get it in writing (all services, restrictions, obligations and refund policies);
  • Be aware of additional fees (during and after big snowstorms);
  • Ask for and contact references;
  • Call Consumer Affairs at 340-3260 regarding unresolved prior complaints;
  • Avoid large up-front deposits (periodic payments ensure customers are not paying for services not provided).

We can all hope that snow hides again this winter, but if and when it arrives Hudson Valley residents should get another chance this winter to snow tube down an 800 foot hill!

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