Unfortunate Post-Disaster Realities That You Should Be Aware Of

Article Posted by Expert Author: Carly Jorge  on 04/08/2013

There are many kind and decent people in the world. And ideally, everyone should help one another unconditionally following a natural disaster. Thankfully, many do. But there are other things which every homeowner should be aware of that can happen to them.


Everyone knows that supplies of essential items like generators, food, ice and fuel can be scarce following a disaster. And there are those who try and capitalize on the destruction by charging unrealistic prices for these necessities. However, it's important to note that doing so following the declaration of a state of emergency is illegal in most states. Price gouging can be reported by getting in touch with your state's Attorney General's Office.


Fraudulent home repair companies can also pop up quickly following a natural disaster. Those who attempt to scam homeowners out of their money will often follow storms closely, as this helps them to pinpoint where people will be most in need. While it may be tempting to pay cash for services and get your repairs completely quickly, it is strongly urged that several estimates be obtained before work begins.


When in doubt, it may behoove consumers in this situation to check with their homeowners insurance company to see if they have a list of reputable home repair companies in their area before signing up with an unknown entity that may end up being a scam artist.  During the time following a disaster, the last thing you need to worry about is something like this.


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