How to pick contractors in the wake of Superstorm Sandy cleanup

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 17, 2012 7:44 AM

(Tampa, FL) -- In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, one insurance protection group is urging midstate residents to do their homework when it comes to picking a contractor.

Downed trees following Hurricane Sandy

Julie Rochman is president and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

She says scammers like to take advantage of victims right after large-scale disasters, such as Sandy.

Rochman says customers should be on the lookout for certain red flags. "Anybody who tells you you have to pay 100 percent upfront or 80 percent upfront is lying to you. Do not engage a contractor who wants all the money upfront."

Rochman says customers should also be wary of contractors who don't have referrals or street addresses.

She adds common scams include inventing so-called "phantom" damage, and creating damage in order to be paid more.

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