Local contractors warn about traveling contractors going door to door following storm

Friday’s storm brought more than just heavy rain and harsh winds, especially to West Des Moines. “It was like 2-inch hail and it was going on for about 10 minutes,” said Brian Abeling, a homeowner in West Des Moines. Abeling says he wasn’t home at the time of the storm. He was at work. By the time he returned home, the damage was already done. “I took a peek up on the roof and you could already see that it’s bruised and dented in the shingles,” Abeling said.Even before he got about, about an hour after the storm, Abeling says his wife already saw contractors at their door. “She told us within the half hour or less that somebody had already knocked on the door, had a brochure, but it was a company that she’d didn’t recognize,” Abeling said.The Abelings say it has been non-stop ever since, receiving both knocks on their door and phone calls. This is the norm days after a damaging storm. Neighborhoods are now flooded with roofing companies’ yard signs. Many of those signs are legit. However, there are some companies that are not. Heartland Roofing, Siding and Solar owner Adam Olson says going with a company with a local area code is good first place to look. “A 515 area code is a good thing. Also, look at the license plate of the vehicle,” Olson said “We’ve seen — all over the place — we’ve seen Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota. You know, it’s literally from all over the place and that’s typical after one of these events.”Olson says what could come next for people could be difficult. “That can put the homeowner in a tough spot if they do end up going with a contractor that’s going to leave town after the storm is over,” Olson said.That’s why doing research is key, especially before letting someone on your roof. “When you are looking at your contractor — who you’re going to hire — make sure you go with somebody local,” Olson said.”We called our existing contractor,” Abeling said. “We have the actual quote that shows what it is that we had and then we try to replace that, we’ll be able to much easier get the replacement value instead of what the insurance says.” Watch: Nationwide hosting drive thru for insurance claims

Friday’s storm brought more than just heavy rain and harsh winds, especially to West Des Moines.

“It was like 2-inch hail and it was going on for about 10 minutes,” said Brian Abeling, a homeowner in West Des Moines.

Abeling says he wasn’t home at the time of the storm. He was at work.

By the time he returned home, the damage was already done.

“I took a peek up on the roof and you could already see that it’s bruised and dented in the shingles,” Abeling said.

Even before he got about, about an hour after the storm, Abeling says his wife already saw contractors at their door.

“She told us within the half hour or less that somebody had already knocked on the door, had a brochure, but it was a company that she’d didn’t recognize,” Abeling said.

The Abelings say it has been non-stop ever since, receiving both knocks on their door and phone calls.

This is the norm days after a damaging storm. Neighborhoods are now flooded with roofing companies’ yard signs. Many of those signs are legit.

However, there are some companies that are not. Heartland Roofing, Siding and Solar owner Adam Olson says going with a company with a local area code is good first place to look.

“A 515 area code is a good thing. Also, look at the license plate of the vehicle,” Olson said “We’ve seen — all over the place — we’ve seen Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota. You know, it’s literally from all over the place and that’s typical after one of these events.”

Olson says what could come next for people could be difficult.

“That can put the homeowner in a tough spot if they do end up going with a contractor that’s going to leave town after the storm is over,” Olson said.

That’s why doing research is key, especially before letting someone on your roof.

“When you are looking at your contractor — who you’re going to hire — make sure you go with somebody local,” Olson said.

“We called our existing contractor,” Abeling said. “We have the actual quote that shows what it is that we had and then we try to replace that, we’ll be able to much easier get the replacement value instead of what the insurance says.”

Watch: Nationwide hosting drive thru for insurance claims

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