(WXYZ) - Disasters can bring out the very best in people as they rally together. But sadly there are those who use someone's misfortune for their gain!
Police in Dundee have announced contractors that have been approved to do repairs will wear wrist bands. But whether you've suffered damage from the tornadoes, from the weekend flooding or any other disaster that could strike this summer, the Better Business Bureau tells me there are ways to protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors.
"Though you're probably anxious to get things back to normal, don't act in haste," Patrick Bennett from the Better Business Bureau says. "Take your time to shop around for a contractor, get competitive bids, verify their references, check to make sure they're licensed and insured, and of course, get a report your Better Business Bureau.
The BBB also says never pay for repairs up front. Also, get a written agreement spelling out the work that will be done and the cost for materials and labor. Also, be sure to check with your insurance company on what coverage your policy provides, and if there's anything specific you need to file.
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