Angie's List: Beware of Crooked Contractors - WBAY

Angie's List: Beware of Crooked Contractors

It's severe weather season in Wisconsin, and the experts at Angie's List are warning people to thoroughly check out any contractors offering repairs.

Angie's List says shady contractors often take advantage of people who've just been through an emotionally trying time, like when severe weather damages your home or yard.

Angie's List says most contractors are honest, but a few might try to scam you in that desperate time.

"A lot of times they have taken money and didn't do the work, they did shoddy work or they are not standing behind it after the work is done," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

So how can you spot a crooked contractor?

"Watch for whether the company is local, they have marked trucks and vehicles, a local phone number," says Angie. "Because a lot of these projects that you are having done--roofing for example--is something you need to last a long time. It might come with a warranty as well. You want a company that is going to stand behind that work."

These dishonest contractors may try to pressure homeowners into signing a contract on the spot for a discount, but Angie's List says that's no good. A deal shouldn't be contingent on a timeframe.

Another sign of a company you should avoid: Those that demand full payment up front. 

Also, avoid a contractor who offers to pay or help with your insurance deductible. In some states, deductible help is considered insurance fraud.

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