Storm victims warned about repair scams - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Storm victims warned about repair scams

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -

The Ohio General's Office is warning victims of Sunday's storms to be wary of repair scams.

Storm-chasing contractors track storms and travel to affected communities to offer their services to homeowners who experience damage, such as downed trees or roof damage, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

In many cases, they visit consumers at their homes and claim they can complete the work immediately.

Unscrupulous contractors may ask for a large down payment or tell consumers to sign over their insurance checks, but ultimately they perform shoddy work or no work at all.

Consumers can help avoid home repair scams by following these steps:

Research the business.

Obtain the name, address, and phone number of any contractor offering to do work for you. Check for complaints on file with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau. Conduct a basic internet search of the business’s name and words like “complaints,” “reviews,” or “scam.” Contact other customers to ask about their experiences with a contractor. Ask neighbors or friends for recommendations. Don’t accept services from a contractor who refuses to provide proper identification.

Get several estimates.

Consider getting estimates from at least three different contractors. Be wary if one contractor quotes a price that is dramatically lower than the prices other businesses are offering. The contractor later may demand more money or fail to complete the work as promised.

Don’t make large payments in advance.

Be wary of contractors who demand large upfront payments, such as half or more of the total cost. Also be wary of contractors who ask you to sign over your insurance check. Try to pay in increments, as the work is completed to your satisfaction.

Get a detailed written contract.

Insist on a written contract detailing the costs, the work to be done, the starting and end dates, and any verbal promises made by the contractor.

Understand your cancellation rights.

If the contract resulted from a door-to-door sale, you generally have three days to cancel the contract, according to Ohio’s Home Solicitation Sales Act. The seller should give you a written notice of these rights.

Consider paying with a credit card.

Paying with a credit card generally gives you greater protections to dispute unauthorized charges, especially compared to paying in cash.

Ohioans who have questions about a contractor or those who believe they have been treated unfairly should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Koko the gorilla used smarts, empathy to help change views

    Koko the gorilla used smarts, empathy to help change views

    Saturday, June 23 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-06-23 17:45:49 GMT
    Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Sana Cruz mountains on Tuesday.More >>
    Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Sana Cruz mountains on Tuesday.More >>
  • Canada's legalization to offer pot by mail, better banking

    Canada's legalization to offer pot by mail, better banking

    Saturday, June 23 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-06-23 17:45:25 GMT
    (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File). FILE - In this April 20, 2015 file photo, a Canadian flag with a cannabis leaf flies on Parliament Hill during a 4/20 protest in Ottawa, Ontario. Canada is following the lead of Uruguay in allowing a natio...(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File). FILE - In this April 20, 2015 file photo, a Canadian flag with a cannabis leaf flies on Parliament Hill during a 4/20 protest in Ottawa, Ontario. Canada is following the lead of Uruguay in allowing a natio...
    With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in the nine U.S. states that have legalized adult use of the drug.More >>
    With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in the nine U.S. states that have legalized adult use of the drug.More >>
  • Tariffs stir unrest among American whiskey producers

    Tariffs stir unrest among American whiskey producers

    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-06-23 16:43:27 GMT
    (AP Photo/Steve Helber). In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018, photo, Catoctin Creek Distillery whiskey is on display in the tasting room in Purcellville, Va. The European Union on Friday will start taxing a range of U.S. imports, including Harley-Davidson...(AP Photo/Steve Helber). In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018, photo, Catoctin Creek Distillery whiskey is on display in the tasting room in Purcellville, Va. The European Union on Friday will start taxing a range of U.S. imports, including Harley-Davidson...
    American distilleries have watched warily as the threat of tariffs from Europe ratcheted up in recent weeks.More >>
    American distilleries have watched warily as the threat of tariffs from Europe ratcheted up in recent weeks.More >>
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Hot Rod Super Nationals continues in Canfield

    Hot Rod Super Nationals continues in Canfield

    Saturday, June 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-06-23 17:43:41 GMT
    The second day of the Hot Rod Super Nationals got underway earlier this morning at the Canfield Fairgrounds.   Spectators poured in to see muscle cars, classic cars, and even buy parts for hot rods their putting together at home. While many cars turned heads this year, it was a new Packard exhibit that got the attention of many. Promoters say they wanted to pay tribute to the classic cars that were built right here in the Valley.  Lee Hartman, a promoter for Hot Rod Super ...More >>
    The second day of the Hot Rod Super Nationals got underway earlier this morning at the Canfield Fairgrounds.   Spectators poured in to see muscle cars, classic cars, and even buy parts for hot rods their putting together at home. While many cars turned heads this year, it was a new Packard exhibit that got the attention of many. Promoters say they wanted to pay tribute to the classic cars that were built right here in the Valley.  Lee Hartman, a promoter for Hot Rod Super ...More >>
  • Power returned to most in Mercer County, some still without

    Power returned to most in Mercer County, some still without

    Saturday, June 23 2018 1:32 PM EDT2018-06-23 17:32:11 GMT

    First Energy is reporting power outages in Mercer County. Reports state that as of now, over 21,000 homes are without power throughout Mercer County. 7,736 of those homes are in Hermitage City. The cause for this power outage is unknown at this time. Stick with 21 News for updates. 

    More >>

    First Energy is reporting power outages in Mercer County. Reports state that as of now, over 21,000 homes are without power throughout Mercer County. 7,736 of those homes are in Hermitage City. The cause for this power outage is unknown at this time. Stick with 21 News for updates. 

    More >>
  • Students build microcomputers at Valley Christian STEM Camp

    Students build microcomputers at Valley Christian STEM Camp

    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:11 AM EDT2018-06-23 14:11:38 GMT

    It's summer camp season, from basketball camps to vacation bible school to STEM Camp this week in Youngstown; a chance for students to build their own computers. All week long, a room full of kids at Youngstown's Lewis Center pounded away on keyboards connected to tiny little computers they built themselves. 

    More >>

    It's summer camp season, from basketball camps to vacation bible school to STEM Camp this week in Youngstown; a chance for students to build their own computers. All week long, a room full of kids at Youngstown's Lewis Center pounded away on keyboards connected to tiny little computers they built themselves. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms