Angie's List: Don't Let a Fake Contractor Swindle You

Published 07/18 2013 05:09PM

Updated 07/18 2013 06:52PM

    The summer storm season is here and if you end up with damage to your home Angie's List has a warning for you.
         Oklahoma homeowner Kelly Worner's home suffered damage from a tornado back in May and it's not the first time she has seen that kind of damage.
         Back in 1999, her home had major damage from a tornado. However, when it came time to address the repairs, Worner says she didn't make the wisest decisions when hiring contractors.
       Worner says, "My contractor forged his credentials, forged his recommendations. I would not make that mistake again. I would definitely go to Angie's List and read recommendations and not panic to get it done tomorrow."
       Angie Hicks, creator of Angie's List website, says, "Make sure they are licensed, insured and bonded so that you can be sure that you are getting the best company that's going to stand behind the work. A lot of times we're talking roofers, major home improvement projects and you want a company that's going to be around for their warranty."
     After you've decided on someone to hire, contractor David Fonzi recommends, "Have them come do a walk through, not just the exterior, but get up in the attic and check all your joists in your roof and all of your framing up in there to make sure because you don't want the damage to come back later."
      Though your situation might seem to be one of desperation, take enough time to get at least three written estimates on the job. Get all the details of the job in writing and fully read the contract before you sign it. Also never sign a blank contract.
        Homeowners should also learn what the insurance policy covers before a storm hits.  If you have to change companies because of a lack of coverage.. avoid a company that offers to pay or help with your deductible.

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