Be on the lookout for scheming roof contractors

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(WPRI) — As if dealing with snow isn’t bad enough, now residents need to be on the lookout for storm chasers.

There are the storm chasers who actually chase storms — and there are the ones who target homeowners.

If your roof is damaged and you need someone to repair it, make sure that the person you hire is registered with the Contractor’s Registration Board.

You should also check their rating on the BBB’s website, and get several estimates before committing to having a particular person work on your home.

Prices can vary widely and are usually based on the amount of work involved in clearing your property or roof, so make sure to ask about additional charges.

Experts recommend against getting quotes over the phone — make sure to get everything in writing.

Also, always double check that the contractor you select is insured and call the company to confirm.

While there is a sense of urgency in getting all of the repairs done in a timely manner, hastily choosing someone without doing research could cost you more in the long run.

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