Heavy snowfall followed by frequent spring rains have resulted in flooding problems throughout the Chicago area. The high demand for contractors capable of repairing water damage can result in some unscrupulous people seeking to take advantage of the situation. Some simple tips to protect yourself: Beware those companies that contact you directly rather than waiting for you to contact them. Make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. Ask for references. Our firm can assist you in checking for judgments, liens, prior bankruptcies and defalcations by the company or its principals. Make sure the contractor is aware of and complies with the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act, including giving you a right to cancel the contract within 3 business days. Pay as little up front as possible and never pay the full contract price before work begins. And when all else fails, our lawyers can help you pursue reimbursement from the contractor for substandard or incomplete work. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance.