Better Business Bureau reminds public about contractor scams following severe weather

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — When addressing any damage to your home after a storm, always do your research before handing any money over to a contractor.

With storm season already kicking off, Better Business Bureau of North Texas President Monica Horton said heavy thunderstorms are likely to bring more than just rain to our area.

"Anytime there is a weather-related event, the Better Business Bureau always sends out a warning," Horton said. "We want consumers to be aware on tips on how to hire a contractor in the market for that, and [if] they've received some damage, some things to look out for."

Horton said one of those things to look out for is a deal too good to be true.

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"'We're going to offer you a discount, and it's only good for today:' That's probably something that you should avoid anyway," Horton said. "If they're using those tactics, anyone, any contractor that wants your business today, they'll want it tomorrow as well. They will give you the opportunity to check it out."

Another common scam Horton said has been reported is when contractors offer to waive your insurance's deductible.

"If you have a contractor who has offered to waive the deductible, your call needs to be to the insurance company to ask them if this contractor has permission to do that," Horton said. "There was a state law passed that contractors are not allowed to offer and waive that deductible."

And most importantly, Horton said to vet at least three companies before making a decision on who to use.

If you would like a free "Please Don't Solicit" door hang for your home, you can pick it up here at the station located at 4500 Seymour Highway or at the Better Business Bureau's location at 2107 Kemp Blvd.

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