67
      Sunday
      83 / 64
      Monday
      86 / 64
      Tuesday
      87 / 66

      Experts warn homeowners to question contractors before hiring

      <p> <font size="2" face="Arial"> <font size="2" face="Arial">H</font> </font> <font size="2"> <font face="Times New Roman">omeowners should look our for scammers, shady contractors looking to cash in on damaged homes.</font> </font> </p>

      As some home owners continue the process of repairing damage, experts have a warning.

      H omeowners should look our for scammers, shady contractors looking to cash in on damaged homes.

      Lake Township homeowner Steve Wagner says shortly after Sunday's storm which produced tornadoes, he saw several contractors trying to get business, "I went outside, and they were already handing me cards," explained Wagner.

      The Better Business Bureau of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan is urging homeowners to not rush to hire a contractor to fix their home.

      "We have what we call storm chasers. They may be reputable, they may do nice work, but once they're finished, they leave and they're gone," explains Dick Eppstein, President of the BBB of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

      Eppstein says homeowners need to consider several things including hiring a local contractor, getting everything in writing, and asking for certificate. Eppstein also points out before hiring a contractor, call your insurance company first.

      H ave the company send an adjuster out to look over the damage. That way you're not fighting with the company over the cost of repairs.

      For more information from the Better Business Bureau, visit their website, http://toledo.bbb.org/