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Lt Gov: Don't Get Scammed in Repair Work
Posted on: 07/12/2013
By  Andy Rex
Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has been traveling around the state in the past few weeks, and made a stop yesterday in Marietta.
She also serves as the director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, and with the recent severe weather and flooding around the area, we asked her what advice she had for people who have suffered through this most recent round of weather.
“The first thing an individual should do, of course, in any situation where it’s a weather condition, is to make sure you and your property are secure and safe,” Taylor says.  “Then, you should contact your insurance agent immediately so that you can begin the process of getting your claims done and getting the money so you can start rebuilding if necessary, or repairing where necessary.  In flooding situations, there’s special flood insurance that, hopefully, individuals are carrying.”
As the repair process gets underway, people need to be on the lookout for possible scams to arise.  Taylor says as you look for people to do work, make sure they are reputable.
“Finding out if they are registered with the Better Business Bureau, doing a little homework up front,” Taylor explains.  “You certainly never want to completely pay a contractor until they’re completely done with the work – so they don’t half finish and run off.  You want to be there.  You want to get your estimate.  You want to physically be there when they see the property and give you an estimate.  And, make sure they are staying on track on and on progress.  Unfortunately, we have situations where scammers come into areas that have been hard hit by natural disasters.  We want to make sure Ohioans are aware that they do come, but there are ways they can protect themselves.”
She says if you have questions about insurance, to call your agent or the Ohio Department of Insurance consumer hotline at 1-800-686-1526.
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