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Dealing with Damage from Recent Storms? BBB Encourages Dealing with Trusted Contractors
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 22, 2014/Coles Marketing Communications) - "Hail, high winds cause damage across Indiana." "Storms dump hail, send gusty winds across Indiana." "Severe thunderstorms tear through Indiana." These are just some of the headlines about yesterday's storms in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas ... leaving damage in its wake.
Better Business Bureau serving Central Indiana reminds residents to be on the lookout for out-of-town contractors who may take advantage of those affected by the storm. Some contractors are legitimate businesses trying to help, but others are out to make a quick buck off vulnerable storm victims.
"After assessing the damage of the storms to your property, find out what needs to be done, and contact your insurance company to find out what is covered," said BBB serving Central Indiana President and CEO Tim Maniscalo.
Find a reputable contractor by getting recommendations from friends and family and using a BBB Accredited general contractor listed here.
BBB warns about contractors who falsely create or take a local identity in order to appear to be a central Indiana business. During the time following a major storm, contractors may approach your house offering to do repair services for you. Some may offer extremely low prices and quick repairs, which can be warning signs.
To help ensure you receive the services you pay for, BBB offers these tips:
The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac predicted that “tornado alley,” in the nation’s midsection, would see an active year, with a dangerous flare-up in April and again in June.
With the possibility of damage caused by future storms, just remember you shouldn’t feel forced to make a decision. Only make a decision you are comfortable with.
About Better Business Bureau
For more than 100 years, BBB has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2013, people turned to BBB more than 132 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.5 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB serving Central Indiana, founded in 1916 and serving 46 counties in central Indiana, is one of 112 local, independent BBBs across North America.