October 27, 2021

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Neighborhood BBB features strategies to steer clear of “storm chaser” cons

The Superior Business enterprise Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) has presented up a listing of strategies for victims of severe storms so they can keep away from becoming cheated by shoddy contractors.

Some strategies are:

• Do your study by looking through business enterprise opinions and ratings, and by confirming appropriate insurance policy and licensing on BBB.org.

• Call your insurance organization about coverage coverage, submitting requirements and suggested contractors. Help save receipts for foodstuff, momentary lodging, or other bills.

• Get additional than one estimate.

• Resist substantial-stress profits from contractors who only supply a “good deal” if you employ them on the place.

• Lots of municipalities demand a solicitation permit, so be watchful of salespeople or contractors likely doorway-to-doorway. Talk to for identification, check their vehicle for a enterprise name, cell phone selection and in-condition license plates.

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• Do not sign over coverage checks to contractors or indicator files that give the contractor any legal rights to your insurance assert. Get an invoice from the contractor and shell out directly, if possible with a credit rating card presenting additional fraud safety.

• Be wary of contractors who will not allow for you to inspect their get the job done on your roof or other regions of your property. An unethical contractor might produce injury to get more operate.

The BBB also warns consumers and contractors to be wary of impostor storm chasers who imitate respectable enterprises by capitalizing on an set up name and name.

“Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out scammers and contractors using advantage of individuals who have currently been victimized,” Steve Bernas, president and CEO of BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois, explained in a assertion.