Digital Access

Digital Access
Access daily-chronicle.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more!

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
State

Flood damage victims should be wary of scams

CHICAGO – A nonprofit consumer group is cautioning people who suffered flood damage in recent heavy rains about dishonest contractors.

Better Business Bureau President Steve Bernas said home and business owners should carefully consider repair contracts and not rush into making decisions.

The group suggests requesting bids from several companies and getting estimates in writing.

– Wire reports

Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder and don’t make a full payment until all the work is finished to your satisfaction. Pay no more than one-third of the cost upfront.

Require a written contract. The agreement should specify the work to be done and the materials to be used. It should include the price breakdown for labor and materials. Any promises made should be written into the contract, including warranties on materials or labor.

Loading more