Angie's List warns anyone who's suffered wind or hail damage to be on guard against those who offer to do repairs, but aren't qualified for the job.
Kelly Worner's home suffered damage back in May. "My daughter called me and she says, 'Mom, grab the dogs, grab the cats, get in the safe room,'" Wonrner said.
And it's not the first time she has seen damage like this. Back in 1999, her home had major damage from a tornado.
When it came time to address the repairs, Worner says she didn't make the wisest decisions when hiring contractors 14 years ago.
"My contractor forged his credentials," Worner said. "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. I would be patient. You know if you have temporary living, it'll happen, just don't rush things."
Beware of companies that go door to door, asking for money up front. Though your situation might seem to be one of desperation, Angie's list recommends you take enough time to get at least three written estimates on the job.
Angie Says: Make sure you are working with good local companies. Make sure they are licensed, insured, bonded, if necessary so that you can be sure that you are getting the best company that's going to stand behind the work because 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.
And be sure to get all the details of the job in writing. Never sign a blank contract.
"I had a client who had a window blown out," said David Fonzi, a contractor. "But everything else was ok. But when I got up there he had a basketball sized hole in his roof in one area and two softball sized holes in another area so I advise that everybody get with your contractor, have them come do a walk through."
Angie's List also advises homeowners to learn what your insurance policy covers before a storm hits. Never sign over your homeowner's insurance settlement upfront and avoid a company that offers to pay or help with your deductible. In some states, deductible help is actually considered insurance fraud.
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