In the aftermath of Wednesday's damaging storms, consumer protection specialists say picking the wrong contractor to do repair work can be very costly. The Better Business Bureau warns that home-repair rip-off artists frequently try to take advantage of storm damage situations. The consumer protection group says to beware of "door to door" solicitors who offer work at great prices.
Recommendations from people, especially friends or relatives, who have used the contractor in the past are very important, and the BBB says to only deal with licensed and insured contractors. They also say its important to contact your insurance company immediately if you've suffered property damage.
Consumer advocates recommend getting two or three estimates for a repair job before signing a contract and to avoid working with anyone who asks you to pay for the entire job up front.
You can check out the company's BBB business review on-line at www.bbb.org