(KMOV) -- News 4's Craig Cheatham shares tips on avoiding crooked roofers, contractors preying on tornado and storm victims.
Here a few simple tips in avoiding potenial scams:
-Don't give money up front before the repair work is completed
-Call your insurance agent first
-Do not let anyone up on your roof without knowing them
-Be careful when signing contracts for repair
-Take your time and don't rush into anything
-Make sure contractors are licensed and establihsed in the community
-Be aware that out of state companys could be a potential risk for homeowners.
There is no need to give your insurance claim number to a company before signing a contract for repair services.