March 29, 2024

When you do pick a contractor, verify their license and insurance. You can text the Louisiana State Licensing Board to make sure your contractor is legit.

HARAHAN, La. — Contractors in Southeast Louisiana are backed up for months right now, with tens of thousands of homes in need of repair.

But there’s no need to get lost in a sea of blue tarps when looking for trustworthy workers. There are some steps you can take to keep yourself from becoming a victim of any construction scams or fraud.

Melissa Roberts co-owner of Roberts Family All-State in Harahan, said although she and her sister’s phones haven’t stopped ringing since landfall, she’s happy to share advice.

“Definitely look into references, talk to your neighbors, talk to your friends, family, use somebody that people know,” said Roberts.

Some of the most common advice before you sign a contract:

  • Ask friends and neighbors for references
  • Get at least three bids for the work before you start
  • Be cautious of contractors going door to door
  • Be cautious of offers that seem too good to be true
  • Check the Better Business Bureau for any negative…

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