With summer storms there is a chance for scammers to take advantage of people in need of storm repair.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley warns residents about contractor scammers.
Jackley is urging residents who are looking for storm clean up and repair to take your time and research who you are working with before anything bad happens.
“South Dakotans will want to quickly clean up and make repairs to damaged
property,” said Jackley. “Whether you are working to fix damaged roofs, water damage
in a basement, or hail dents we encourage consumers to take the extra time to
evaluate and secure the right contractor to avoid becoming a victim of a scam.”
Here are a couple tips on how to make sure you’re choosing a professional contractor:
- Take the time to evaluate the bidder before contracting the job.
- Homeowners should look for a reliable contractor with a proven track record
- who readily offers credentials.
- Ask for references. Legitimate contractors should be more than willing to provide
- a list of satisfied customers to verify their work.
- Ask for a written estimate and a written contract.
- Ask for sales tax license.
- Keep a copy of the final, signed contract. Read this contact carefully before
- signing. This contract will usually be binding once you have both agreed to it.
- The contract should state that any changes in the project should include a
- Change Order signed by both and put guarantees in writing. Any guarantees
- made by the contractor should be written into the contract.
- Obtain a local building permit, if required.
- Make final payments only after the work is completed. Do not sign completion
- papers or make the final payment until the work is completed to your
- Pay by check. Avoid on-the-spot cash payments. The safest route is to write a
check to the contracting company and not an individual.