Our thoughts and empathy goes out to those affected by the recent eastern seaboard hurricane. In the wake of Super Storm Sandy, many homeowners are left wondering what to do. In addition to the resources we have compiled, the folks at Houzz have recently put together a wonderful central resource of helpful articles and links dedicated to the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. The following is just one of the helpful resources.

Natural disasters bring out the best and the worst in people. Unfortunately, the chaotic environment they create is a prime setting for illegitimate contractors, sometimes called “storm chasers” or “fly by night” contractors. “This is a vulnerable time for homeowners,” says Rick Lopes, chief of public affairs at the California Contractors State License Board. “Be very careful about giving someone too much power.”

After something so traumatic, it makes sense that a homeowner would want things to return to normal as quickly as possible. But it’s important to take the time to find the right person to do the job properly. Do extra research if something doesn’t feel right. Be aware, and you’ll avoid scams and the contractors who get jobs only when people are desperate.

The slideshow below shows the top 10 contractor scam warning signs…


Find additional disaster recovery articles in our “Disaster” blog archive and on the Houzz resource page