Spring has arrived and it’s time to prepare for the severe weather that often accompanies the change of season. Many may have heard the tornado sirens blaring yesterday as part of Iowa’s annual preparedness effort. Better Business Bureau wants you to be prepared in the wake of severe weather as well. It’s after the storm that a person can be vulnerable to scammers. This is the time to look out for unscrupulous "storm chasers".
These scam artists present themselves as contractors able to fix a homeowner's problems, traveling from town-to-town, door-to door, taking money for work. Often their work is started but left unfinished, if started at all. Moving to the next town before homeowners know they've been ripped-off.
It is natural for home and building owners to act quickly to clean up damage, but hastily hiring untrustworthy help can lead to even bigger problems.
Consider these BBB tips before hiring help to repair storm damage:
Prices are often highest in the immediate aftermath of a storm. Buy only the services that are necessary to make your home safe and habitable. Coordinate with your insurance company as needed. And if you can wait, contractor rates will likely drop a few days after the storm.
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