<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, April 13th) Ohioans are asked to be cautious when it comes to home repairs after flooding, high winds, or other natural disasters.

Ohio Attorney General Spokesperson Dan Tierney points out that when natural disasters occur damage happens and con artists will try to take advantage and the offices encourages consumers to be vigilant.

He notes one major red flag is when some claiming to be a contractor shows up at your house unexpectedly.

“You can research that business carefully, ask for estimates, and get information in writing prior to engaging in any home repair. There’s certainly concerns that some of the repairs they’re trying to point out may not necessary and they’re trying to take advantage of the situation.”

Tierney adds that Ohio has a law to help protect consumers should you get into this type of situation.

“When a contractor sells from a door-to-door sale you generally have the right to a three-day right to cancel so that you have that extra protection in case something comes up.”

Other steps to protect yourself against scams include getting multiple estimates, get a detailed written contract, and consider paying with a credit card to dispute unauthorized charges.

Go to www.OhioProtects.org for additional information.

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