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Unfortunately, contractors may try to take advantage of people affected by the recent severe weather, flooding and other natural disasters. If you have recent damage and need to hire a contractor, please consider the following BEFORE hiring one for your job.

· A contractor approaches you about storm damage to your property or uses scare tactics.

· You’re told you’ve been chosen as a demonstration project at a special price.

· You’re told a contract “won’t be necessary.”

· You’re asked to pay for the entire job upfront.

· You’re told the price is only good for today.

· The contractor can’t provide references or your insurance company has a valid reason to not approve them work insurance covered work.

· You can’t verify a business address.

· You can’t find the contractor in the Home Improvement Contractor list through the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. In Pennsylvania a contractor is required to register.

If you believe you have been approached by an unscrupulous contractor or have been the victim of one you should call the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office to report this contractor and also contact your local attorney if you have damages as a result of this conduct.

Please tell us if you have other warning signs or stories to share.

Scott B. Cooper

Schmidt Kramer PC
209 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 232-6300 – Telephone
(717) 232-6467 – Facsimile

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  1. Gravatar for Phae Howard

    We are a nonprofit and our mission is to educate homeowners to keep them from getting ripped off by shady contractors! Before you hire a home improvement or home repair contractor, visit for valuable and free information. We do workshops all over the country to educate homeowners. Keep checking our site for a workshop in your area. Phae Howard, Executive Director, The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud.

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