Investigate before you invest. Those are wise words, particularly when you are new to an area. Before you sign a lease, buy a new car or purchase furniture for your new home, determine whether a company is reputable.
An easy way to do this is to contact the Better Business Bureau of the Midlands, which maintains lists of businesses that have unresolved consumer complaints or unfair business practices. The bureau also can help consumers resolve complaints with businesses. All services are free. The Better Business Bureau of the Midlands is at 2330 Divine St. For more information, call 803-254-2525 or visit www.bbb.org/columbia.