Don't get scammed trying to rebuild your home after Harvey


As remodels begin here in Southeast Texas following Tropical Storm Harvey, The Morning Show wants to make sure you don't get taken for a ride.

So KFDM/Fox 4's James Ware spoke with John Ramsey, president of the Home Builders Association of Southeast Texas, for some tips on how to avoid being scammed.

Ramsey says between 30,000 to 35,000 homes in Jefferson, Orange, Hardin and Newton counties were damaged by Harvey. He says it could take years to repair them all.

The live shot you see is at one of about 80-90 homes in the Lakes of Nederland which took a hit from Tropical Storm Harvey. Many of those houses took 6-8 inches of floodwater.

One fact some people may not realize: state law provides no down payment in a declared disaster area is required for an out-of-town contractor.

"You want to have a contract with whoever you do select to rebuild your home," says Ramsey, who is also the president of the Kinsmen Homes management team. "Have a contract that outlines a scope of work that tells you what they're going to do and the materials they're going to use. You don't want it to be real general."

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