Thursday, May 27, 2010

In wake of storm, residents cautioned to verify door-to-door business solicitations

COMMERCE CITY – In the wake of Wednesday’s high winds and hail, roofing company representatives are out and about in Commerce City neighborhoods, soliciting home repair work.

While these representatives may indeed be acting as company agents, police are cautioning homeowners to verify the legitimacy of anyone who knocks on their door.

“(For repair companies), now is a good time to visit homeowners,” said Cmdr. Ross Sibley with the Commerce City Police Department. “Their emotions are running high after the storm as they survey the damage to their homes.”

Before signing any work or payment authorization, Sibley cautioned homeowners to ask for references and check with the Better Business Bureau to determine whether a company is reputable and qualified to make repairs on homes.

Homeowners should also contact their insurance carriers to coordinate repair work and payments, Sibley said.

The Denver/Boulder-area Better Business Bureau website is To reach the organization by phone, call 303-758-2100; the automated system will give you an option to speak with a representative, as well as other options.

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