After a big storm or other disaster, a criminal element may be drawn to the area. Fraud can range from shoddy repairs, to price gouging,
to people who just take your money and run. Here are four ways to avoid contractor scams. Number One: Get written estimates. These should be on the company’s letterhead with clear contact information. Number Two: Get more than one bid. This will help you decide which offers are legitimate
and which may be too high or too good to be true. Number Three: Use local companies. Make sure to check references and phone numbers. And Number Four: Don’t pay up front. You may be left with new damage to your finances
and the same old damage to your property. Good contractors will typically require a partial payment up front to get started, but your final payment should be made after the job is finished. If you have any questions, call our Consumer Help Line at 1-800-252-3439.