Department of Commerce Urging Northlanders to Beware of Fake Contractors

Following the floods that occurred in June, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is warning those in Northern Minnesota about the dangers of working with contractors during the recovery.

Officials with the department state that any time a natural disaster occurs, there are contractors that chase the storms so they can take advantage of individuals in need. While it has been a while since the floods, many individuals are still working on recovery and this means the false contractors are still out there trying to take money from the vulnerable.

To avoid becoming a victim of these scammers, individuals should make sure that the contractor has a license to do business in Minnesota. It is also important to obtain quotes from multiple contractors unless you know the contractor you want to do business with and you trust them. If you do not already have a roofing contractor or storm damage restoration company in place that you trust, quotes make it easier to get the best deal. However, keep in mind that the cheapest is not always the best. You have to look at the whole picture to make sure you are receiving the best deal.

You don’t want to take the first contractor who comes knocking on your door with a contract, stating that they will do the job the fastest at the lowest prices. Make sure you ask questions and ensure the contract is in writing. It is best if you contact the contractor on your own rather than rely on someone knocking at your door.

If you have any questions as to whether or not a contractor is licensed to do business in Minnesota, you can contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

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