December 10, 2022

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Storm damage brings out the home repair fraudsters

Holes in home siding from damage by hail storm.

STILLWATER – High-speed winds, large hail and torrential rain made the perfect trifecta to cause extreme damage across parts of Oklahoma recently. Many homeowners found themselves boarding up windows and soaking up water in their homes.

The road to recovery from such a storm can be long, but the key is finding the right contractor to repair damages, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Extension interim associate dean and housing and consumer specialist.

“While there are many reputable companies who will do good work, a weather disaster can bring out those fly-by-night companies who do nothing more than take a consumer’s money or do shoddy work,” Peek said. “Homeowners who have suffered damage want to get work done as quickly as possible, but it’s important to take some time and hire the right contractor with a proven track record.”