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Guidelines for rebuilding lost or damaged homes

Attorney General warns of scams in aftermath of Waldo Canyon fire

DON’T GET BURNT TWICE
A CHECKLIST IF YOURE HOME HAS BEEN DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY FIRE

By Terry R. Brunette ‘Special Investigator’ Regional Building Department

You can be sure that there will be a few less than reputable ‘contractors’ trying to contact you if your house was damaged or destroyed in the most recent fire. They will prey on the fact that you are vulnerable and want to put your life back to normal as fast as possible. They often make promises that are not possible to meet and when you are halfway into the project you are stuck. Some of you might have never had a house built so please think about the following items so you can get through the process as smooth as possible;

  • Don’t sign any contract before having it reviewed by an attorney
  • Interview at least 3 General Contractors
  • Ask for three references and contact all of the references
  • Access the RBD website www.pprbd.org to check to see if a contractor is licensed to perform work in El Paso County. If you don’t have access to a computer call 327-2880 to talk with our contractor licensing department.
  • Don’t rush into anything. Building a new home can take up to a year to complete depending on the size and finishes to put into the home.
  • It’s easy for me to say, but be patient, be smart and don’t let yourself get burnt twice.

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