Update, Nov. 20, 2013: Severe weather ripped through the Chicago area last weekend, bringing high winds, hail and reports of tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service, severe weather events in November that produce tornadoes are a rare occurrence in the area. Since 1950, there have been only six recorded weather events that produced a total of 12 tornadoes across northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.
But while you may be rushing to fix the damage, be careful not to make things worse by using unqualified contractors or a potentially fraudulent one to take advantage of you during the cleanup. Here are some simple tips for hiring a home-repair contractor that can save you money and grief down the road.
If you do have a problem with a contractor performing a home-repair project, the Attorney General’s office recommends trying to resolve it with the contractor first. But if you feel you are the victim of a home improvement scam, the office also has a consumer fraud hotline at 800/386-5438.
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