Summer often brings severe weather to Nebraska and a state official is offering tips should you need repairs to your house after a storm.
State Labor Commissioner John Albin says the majority of contractors are legitimate business people who do good work, but there are others who don’t.
Albin warns Nebraskans about “storm chasers” who show up at your door, offering to do unsolicited repairs.
“Especially those who say they have leftover materials from another job and they’ll get you a good deal if you’ll start today,” Albin says. “Historically, a lot of those types of contract offers involve people who never complete the job and/or don’t do a good job.”
Albin says be especially suspicious of someone who’s driving a truck without a company name on the side. Before hiring a contractor, Albin says always check to see if they’re registered with the state.
“For a contractor to register with the Department of Labor, they have to provide proof of liability insurance and also proof of workers compensation coverage for any employees working for them,” Albin says. “That’s obviously important to any home owner or business owner who’s having someone work on their home or business, they want to be sure that person is a legitimate contractor.”
He says you can find out if a company is registered by visiting the Nebraska Department of Labor’s website.
Albin says beware of contractors who make unsolicited offers, showing up at your doorstep with a “great deal.” He says to always ask for references, get written estimates, and a written warranty.
By Paul Hughes, WJAG, Norfolk