How to Avoid Contractor Scams

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(KNSI) - Last weekend's crazy weather left behind a range of damaged property from fallen trees to broken shingles.

It's the time of year contractor scams pop up and go door to door, claiming to fix your damaged property.

"If somebody comes to your door and they're offering something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is," said Brian Donnay, owner of BD Exterior. "People knocking on your door isn't always the greatest. It doesn't put you in a position to do your research before. You're forced to make that decision... That's what a lot of them want to do is come in your door, check out your damage and get you to sign right away."

When searching for a contractor going local is usually the safest route.

"The best place to start is your friends and family when looking for a referral. You can ask on Facebook for that too, obviously checking Google reviews is a big thing. A lot of people get our names and numbers from their local insurance agents, that's another avenue you can go to for a trustworthy opinion."

Besides going local, be sure to communicate openly with your contractor.

"If you have an estimate from your insurance company, show it to your contractor. Getting issues resolved before the work starts is the best way to go about it, and being open and honest with your contractor is the best way to do that."

As the wild Minnesota weather continues, stay safe by being aware.

"With this hail storm, we've seen holes in vents and peoples roofs, or even holes in the shingles causing potential water damage, so that's something to look out for there... Just be mindful of what's going on in your property."