Angie's List: Avoid Post-Storm Contractor Scams

By: Alli Mechanic Email
By: Alli Mechanic Email

Kelly Worner only had a few seconds to get to a safe place with her pets before her home was damaged in a severe storm. But while the damage happened quickly…the repairs took much longer

“My contractor forged his credentials and his recommendations. I would not make that mistake again,just be patient. If you have temporary living it will happen. Just don’t rush things,” said Worner.

While it is tempting to hire the first contractor you come in contact with… shopping around for a reputable business is the best thing you can do once a storm clears

“After a storm goes through an area unfortunately it is not uncommon for us to hear stories of home owners being taken advantage of. Companies coming door to door, asking for money up front, promising to do jobs that they don’t then do. So we want to remind consumers to be the best consumer they can even in situations like this,” explained Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

In order to make sure you get the repairs you need it is a good idea to go on a walkthrough of your property with the contractor you hire

“I advise everyone to get with a contractor and have them do a walk through, not just an exterior but get up in the attic and check all the framing up there because you don’t want manage to come back later,” says contractor David Fonzi.

If many homes in one area get damaged during the same storm it can be difficult to find a contractor. If you do decide to go with an out-of-state contractor there are some extra steps that need to be taken

“It is not unusual; to find contractors from out of state to help and many of them are well intended but you want to make sure that they are following all the rules getting registered with the state and city and following the proper instructions from them because you want to be able to tell the good guys from the bad,” says Hicks.

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