and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is warning homeowners about price
gouging by "unreputable contractors" after winter weather caused damage around
the state earlier this month.
office has reported it has already received consumer complaints about high
prices for tree removal. "Thousands of Georgia's homeowners were victims of
last week's snow and ice storms; they don't deserve to now become victims of
storm pricing," Hudgens said in a statement.
insurance commissioner offered these tips for hiring contractors and settling
Only work with licensed and insured
Be wary of builders or contractors
who go door-to-door selling their services, especially those who are not known
in your community.
Don't rush into signing a contract
for work. First, work to get at least three written estimates from different
contractors. Also, ask if there's a cost for getting an estimate before
allowing them into your home.
Don't automatically go with the
lowest bidder. Get a copy of the final, signed contract.
Beware of fly-by-night operations
that offer cheap repairs. Consumers should hire someone who will stand by their
work and can be located if problems arise.
Only pay for the work using a credit
card or check.
If you have not heard from your insurance
adjuster, call them again.
If you are staying elsewhere, leave a sign displayed at your home with your insurance company's name and your name prominently displayed to help insurance adjusters find your house.
Do not post your policy number
or claim number on a sign or where other people can find it.
Anyone with questions about an insurance claim can call the Consumer Services Division at 404.656.2070 or 800.656.2298 between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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