Georgia Secretary of State issues warnings for homeowners after severe weather strikes

(WDEF)  Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp advises property owners to be very careful about who they hire to make repairs in the wake of this week’s severe weather.
        Secretary Kemp said, “When severe weather causes damage to property, it is very important that consumers take every possible step to make sure that they work with only the most reputable and responsible contractors.”
        Secretary Kemp issued the following tips for hiring the right professional to conduct repairs:
· Deal only with licensed and insured contractors. Consumers stand their best chance of getting the most out of their insurance if they work with approved contractors.
· Be wary of builders or contractors who go door-to-door selling their services, especially those who are not known in your community. Get references and make sure to verify them.
· Don’t rush into signing a contract. Get written estimates from at least three firms. Ask contractors if there is any charge for an estimate before allowing them into your home. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder. Get a copy of the final, signed contract.
· Beware of fly-by-night outfits offering cheap repairs. Consumers should hire someone who will stand by their work and can be found if any problems develop.
        Anyone with questions about an insurance claim can call Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ Consumer Services Division at 404-656-2070, or toll-free at 1-800-656-2298.
        Citizens can file complaints on the Secretary of State’s Professional Licensing Boards Division website: http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb.
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