Check before hiring

Published 10:25 am Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As we move into the heart of summer, threats of severe weather that can cause damage to a myriad of property increase.

Things like homes and vehicles are typically the most vulnerable when storms roll in.

Obviously, being proactive is essential to lessening the chances, but when that damage does occur, protecting your investments are always a high priority.

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Last year, this was the case for several Ironton residents regarding who was hired to make repairs after severe weather.

So, what can residents do to protect themselves and their investments from becoming targets?

The first step is researching the person or company. This should include checking they have all the proper credentials such as licenses and insurance.

Additionally, check their rating with the Better Business Bureau, the state attorney general’s office and the local police department.

Lastly, check as many references as possible, but not just the ones you are provided.

Many of these things can be achieved with a simple Web search, and if any or all of these things don’t check out, move on to another option.

Unfortunately, in many cases these companies — called storm chasers — will set up shop soon after a storm and only be in town long enough to prey on the most impacted.

Hopefully this is never an issue, but taking some proactive steps and having a plan together in the event you are faced with a similar situation can help lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim.