Angie’s List cautions that unscrupulous contractors swoop into storm-damaged neighborhoods within days of severe weather, going door-to-door.
Hicks: “When it comes to storm season the worst stories we hear about are times when someone had storm damage and gets taken advantage of by a contractor. It’s important to understand who you are working with. You don’t want to make the situation worse. Once you’ve had a problem: had a storm come through, have tree damage, make sure you access it and do the same research you would when you are hiring a company under any circumstances.”
So how do you recognize these crooked contractors?
Hicks: “Watch for whether the company is local, they have marked trucks and vehicles, a local phone number because a lot of these projects that you are having done, roofing for example, is something you need to last a long time. It might come with a warranty as well. You want a company that is going to stand behind that work.”