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How to avoid getting scammed by contractors during storm cleanup

Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – In the wake of extreme storms, many families with home damage just want it fixed fast, but experts say some people see your misery as an opportunity to turn a profit.

‘Storm chasers’ are contractors that follow severe weather and promise quick relief while ignoring industry standards.

Becki Rockow, the president of the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association, said these companies come from out of state and often prey on home owners’ emotions.

She said it is important to recognize a storm-chasing contractor to ensure you are getting the help you pay for.

“This is a stressful situation, your home just got damaged by this storm, it isn’t any fun,” Rockow said. “What you want to do is you want to take a step back. You want to do your research; find a reliable contractor who is in your community.”

The Better Business Bureau said before hiring a contractor you should always get three estimates, get everything in writing and be sure to pay with a credit card.

They add if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Emily Shepardson

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