Experts Offer Tips To Avoid Being ‘Storm Scammed’

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UPDATED: Thursday June 13, 2013 6:36 PM

Tree and landscaping companies stayed busy on Thursday after the storms.  

They cleared trees from yards, driveways and vehicles.

The Fox family was dealing with a big tree that toppled on Wednesday night. It covered their front yard.

“We knew when the storm was hitting, so we watched it, and I looked out the window and happened to see it fall. It was impressive,” said Ron Fox.

Equally impressive, Fox said, was how quickly it happened.  

The next step was figuring out how to remove it.

“There's a couple guys giving us quotes right now, so we'll figure out what it's going to take to get rid of it and clean it up as quick as possible,” said Fox.

Experts say most homeowners want the debris moved as soon as possible.  

But they warn to take time and do some research to prevent being storm-scammed.

“Some of the most common after-disaster scams involve tree services and tree damage,” said Joan Coughlin of the Central Ohio Better Business Bureau.

She says there are basic rules to follow if you suffer storm damage:  

•    Research a home-improvement contractor before signing a contract,
•    Request and contact their references,
•    Check for consumer complaints from the BBB.

Coughlin offered a final warning:

“Do not pay for the service that they do until you're completely satisfied with the work,” she said.

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