Flood damage recovery tips from the Better Business Bureau

Posted at 7:46 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 07:57:00-04

With heavy rain overnight causing flooding in roads and basements across metro Detroit, the Better Business Bureau is giving you tips when it comes to dealing with flood damage recovery.

Home repair tips

  • Check with your insurance company first
  • If you don't have a contractor, ask friends, relatives and neighbors for help
  • Call several contractors to get estimates and compare services
  • Make sure contractors are licensed
  • Avoid using contractors who show up unannounced
  • Always get a written contract
  • Pay only a minimum up front (usually 20-30 percent)
  • Watch out for signs of trouble
  • Check out all prospective contractors with the Better Business Bureau

Auto repair tips

  • Check your warranty
  • Ask around for qualified shops
  • Ask all the questions you need
  • Before authorizing repairs, get a written estimate
  • Get everything in writing

If you have any questions, you can contact the BBB at 248-223-9400 or on their website,