If you need your home repaired after Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs has a warning so you won't get ripped off.
Eric Kanefsky, the acting director, urges you to do your own due diligence when picking a contractor. He said his division has already seen home improvement scams after Sandy.
The most important thing to know check to make sure your contractor is licensed with the state, he said. That does not guarantee that the contractor will do the job right or won't try to cheat you, but it is at least a start.
After Hurricane Irene in 2011, state officials set up a sting and caught 10 unregistered home improvement contractors trying to take advantage after a storm.
This time the acting director said the division will again be actively looking for anyone trying to take advantage of hurricane victims.