CAPE CORAL, Fla. — We never want to believe this but during hard times there are people who will look to take advantage.
We spoke with homeowners and contractors to get advice on how to protect you and your family in a time of need.
- EF-2 tornado with 120 mph winds confirmed in Polk County, severe damage left behind
- PHOTOS: SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGE IN POLK COUNTY
Camila Comacho is one of many people who had contractors working on her home, hours after a tornado damaged at least a dozen homes on Northwest 26th place in Cape Coral.
“It started with the shingles. Everything like lifted off, the pavers did too, and we don’t know the extent of it because everything fell into the pool, said Comacho.
Brandon Villneauve a local contractor says he worked on 25 roofs just Saturday morning, and he knows all too well that not everyone who offers you a fast repair can be trusted.
He walked us through what every home owner should know if they end up with damage like this.
“You shouldn’t have to pay the contractor in a situation like this where there is storm damage, wait for your adjuster to come out from the insurance company, and the contractor can bill the insurance company directly,” said Villneauve.
Villneauve says after a storm like this - contractors will be out looking for business. He told us how to spot the reputable ones.
“Every contractor should have their contract license number on the bottom. You can check on a contractor's license at www.myfloridalicense.com,” said Villneauve
He says don't rush a repair. Waiting a few days before signing anything can help prevent you from becoming a victim, but until then still secure your home
“Vet the contractor properly. Check all their references and basically wait until your insurance company does come out with an adjuster. Make sure you do some repairs, make sure you do board up any windows or tarp any kind of holes in the infrastructure,” said Villneauve