Published: Jun 03, 2014 11:47 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2014 4:26 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - After a storm it's important to hire the right help to get your home rebuilt!

If you need to hire a contractor to fix damage make sure you hire someone who is licensed by the state and who is bonded and insured. That protects you and your money if something goes wrong.

Be wary of people soliciting door-to-door.

Look for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax ID number and business license.

Ask for references and call those references.

Get multiple bids before you sign a contract-- at least three different bids are suggested.

Never pay 100 percent up front and avoid people asking for big down payments.
While it may be hard to do after a disaster, you need to stay patient. Take a step back, read contracts carefully and make sure you understand them. Also make sure your contractor gets the proper permits pulled.

You may even want to compile a list of licensed, local contractors for your emergency kit so if you need them after a storm, you're prepared.

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