SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — While the storm has moved past, the worst may yet to come for Utah residents who fall for scams in the wake of the damaging heavy winds.
Following the last big windstorm in 2011, the governor released a list of tips for avoiding becoming a victim. Now that many will spend money and time to clean up over the next few days, the list is once again relevant.
- Be cautious of people that show up at your front door and tell you, “I’m in the area just for today.” “I can perform the work for you really cheap,” “You have to decide NOW.”
- Always ask to see a copy of his or her contractor’s license. Utah law requires all contractors to be licensed. You can also call the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to check if a person is a licensed contractor in Utah at (801) 530-6628, Toll-free in Utah (866) 275-3675 or check online at www.dopl.utah.gov
- Ask for references of people they have performed work for previously, call those references.
- Get a written bid. Then phone other licensed contractors to compare material and job costs.
- Always get a written contract from the contractor. Often people are deceived by work performed on a vague understanding.
- Make payment out to the name on the contractor’s license. Never to an individual.
And officials remind residents to call their insurance agent or company as wind damage is covered in most standard policies.
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