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Can you protect yourself from dishonest contractors?

When you are already reeling from the stress of rebuilding your home after the traumatic flooding in Louisiana, the last thing you need to deal with is the dishonesty of contractors who advertise themselves as someone you can rely on for effective repairs. Because many contractors appear seemingly out of nowhere following a natural disaster, it may be easy for you to trust that everyone who you contact is ready to lend a helping hand. However, protecting yourself from those who are dishonest and deceiving is essential to avoid losing even more of your precious resources. 

Despite your urgency to get your home repaired and back to how it used to be after the flood, it is imperative that you treat this situation like any other regarding doing your research and spending adequate time weighing your options. Do not trust just anyone who you hear about. Instead, rely on the experience and suggestions of people you know in developing your list of potential contractors to hire to repair your home. 

According to whotv.com, a helpful suggestion is to take photographic evidence of the contractor's vehicle and license plate number when he or she shows up to your home. While this information may seem unimportant right now, if you are scammed, this information can potentially be beneficial to authorities in tracking down the contractor and helping you get your money back. 

You may also consider asking your contractor to develop a brief contract that details what work he or she will be doing, a timeline for its completion and other terms related to payment of fees. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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