As storm season approaches, look out for fraudulent contractors

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- With storm season quickly approaching, scammers are waiting to see how they can trick you into fraudulent home repairs.

Many out-of-area, traveling contractors roll into a damaged town looking to make a quick buck. The attorney general's office wants to give you a few tips to stay safe.

First, Kansas requires all roofing contractors to register their business in an effort to combat scammers. You can visit www.inyourcornerkansas.org to make sure your contractor is in good standing.

Here are more tips to help keep you safe from home repair scams:
- If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Get multiple written bids on home improvement projects to ensure quotes are reasonable and competitive.
- Ask for local references from friends, family and neighbors.
- Be sure your contractor is insured. Also check with your insurance company to find out if you are covered for any injury or damage that might occur.
- Document everything in writing.