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Storm chasing contractors may cost homeowners more than hail damage

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Last week's hail storm pelted thousands of cars and roofs in our area, causing thousands of dollars in damage.    

KSFY News spoke with the Better Business Bureau to find out what you need to know when choosing a contractor to fix your roof.

Homeowners should be aware Thursday's hail strike might bring out storm chasers, but not the ones who follow the path of a tornado.

These are scam artists who come into town looking to take advantage of homeowners who suffered storm damage.

There's not much roof work going on a rainy day, but Monday could have been a good day to drum up new business for some contractors.

Before you sign a deal with someone who goes door to door looking for customers, there are a few questions you should be prepared to ask.  

Better Business Bureau Sioux Falls branch manager Jessie Schmidt recommended to ask "do you have your peddler's permit for the city of Sioux Falls? Because the city requires to see their licensing information. Don't hesitate to ask because if they have it, they're proud to show it. If they don't, they'll start to hem and haw, and stammer, and then you know they're not who you want to be doing business with."

"What is your warranty? If you're going to have a new roof put on, what if they don't put the flashing on right, so what is your recourse? What's your warranty? And if they have insurance, then they have errors and omissions, and that sort of thing to guarantee their work," Schmidt added.

If you have a damaged roof, first, file a claim with your insurance company.

Second, research your contractor. Ask for referrals or check with the Better Business Bureau.

And third, make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured
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