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    5:25 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every time a natural disaster happens, whether a winter storm or a tornado, a group of businesses comes to town that the Attorney General's Office calls storm chasers.

    Thousands of people around Central Arkansas are hoping to get their downed trees taken care of as soon as possible, but the AG's office said property owners should be careful about who they hire to do any work on their home.

    "Always check your references. If a business comes up to you, you know, says 'I'll trim your trees. I'll fix your roof,' whatever. If you're unfamiliar with that business or that contractor, ask them for references," said attorney general spokesman Aaron Sadler.

    Sadler said it's good to get several estimates. Be reluctant if the estimate you get is too low or too high. Talk to friends and neighbors, to find out if they've heard of the company or about their reputation. Get their intentions in writing by way of a tract and insist on knowing exactly what they are going to do and when they are going to do it.

    Sadler said another good idea is to check with the Better Business Bureau if you are really concerned.

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