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Berks homeowners get tips for hailstorm damage repairs

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 03 2014 03:45:54 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2014 04:50:12 PM CDT

The severe hail that hit Berks County nearly two weeks ago is still haunting homeowners.

SPRING TWP., Pa. -

The severe hail that hit Berks County nearly two weeks ago is still haunting homeowners.

Several homes were damaged and need necessary repairs, but District Attorney John Adams says beware. Your hail damage could be attracting scam artists.

That is why his office, along with the Home Builders Association of Berks County and Kohl Building Products, is hosting a free town hall meeting to educate homeowners.

"You see a lot of people coming from out of town looking to make a quick buck," Adams said.

The first red flag should be if a contractor is from out of state, said Adams, who recommends only enlisting contractors who are registered with the state.

Adams also said to make sure your insurance adjuster looks at your home and gives you the go-ahead before you start construction. Then, get three different bids for the work and check the contractor's references.

"It is very important that the consumer, the homeowner who has suffered hail damage, takes some precautions to prevent them from becoming a victim," said Adams.

If you are scammed, contact your local police department.

The town hall meeting is free and open to the public at Glad Tidings Church, 1110 Snyder Rd. in Spring Township from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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