Homeowners beware of scammers after storms

HENDRICKS COUNTY (WISH) – Work to clean up after Monday’s storms could be seen along the Hendricks and Marion County line on Wednesday.

Less than an hour after the storms came through on Tuesday there were roofing and home repair contractors who were out and ready to help homeowners.

But how can a homeowner tell the difference between a legitimate contractor and a con-man?

Several contracting companies had set up shop, and have even already gotten to work on some homes. Ripping up damaged shingles and getting tarps in place so all these homeowners could at least have a dry night.

But inevitably, just as the reputable and legitimate companies come in, so do the less experienced and even some less scrupulous contractors.

24-Hour News 8 wants to make sure everyone out there knows what to look for, so homeowners don’t become a victim a second time.

It’s a warning echoed by the better Business Bureau every time a storm moves through. They say to avoid companies that promise you a “good deal” *only if you hire them on the spot.

Ask for the proof of licensing and bonding. Make sure the contractor’s vehicle is marked with the business name and phone number. Get quotes from several different companies before deciding who to go with. And don’t pay more than one-third of the repair cost up-front. Get a written contract that specifies price, exactly what they’ll do and how long the job will take

Homeowners can also find reviews from past people on websites like the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List.

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