(BEDFORD) - State Senator Brent Steele is urging Hoosier flood victims to be aware of scam contractors.
Steele says that, with any sort of damaging natural disaster, con-artists come out of the woodwork.
The Indiana Consumer Protection Division offers tips to help people keep safe from cons, such as reminding people that a contract is required for any work over $150, don't let contractors rush you, and raise your eyebrow if a bid comes in unusually low or high.
Scroll down for a complete list of tips.
- Remember, Indiana law requires a contract for work that will exceed $150.
- Take your time and don't let a contractor rush you.
- Do research, know how much you can afford and what needs to be done.
- Talk to your friends and family about contractors they recommend and verify the information yourself.
- Use local, well-established contractors and don't assume that an advertisement makes a contractor reliable.
- Be skeptical if a bid comes in too low, or too high.
- Get bids in writing.
- Check with your city or county building department to determine the licensing requirements for your area and if the contractor you are considering is properly licensed, bonded and insured.
- Get a price and payment schedule.
- Get a detailed description of the work and an estimated start and finish schedule.
- Get the contractors name and address and a name and telephone number of a contact person if a problem arises.
- Get the contractor's name and signature that matches a state-issued ID.
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