Department Of Aging Reminds Ohioans To Beware Of Home Repair Scams Following Severe Weather

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March 15, 2024- In the wake of severe storms across Ohio late Thursday, Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) Director Ursel J. McElroy is warning all Ohioans, including older adults, to beware of scams surrounding home repairs.

“Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the storms overnight. With emergency response efforts still underway, our department is working closely with local partners to ensure continuity of services and to help keep older Ohioans safe,” Director McElroy said. “Sadly, the urgency caused in these types of events is attractive to scammers – who often target older adults. While older adults are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about scams in general, it’s important after an event like this to remind those affected to be aware of common scam tactics so you can protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Following a severe weather event, contractors may go door-to-door in neighborhoods offering to repair affected residents’ homes. Projects may include repairing roof damage, clearing fallen trees, and more. 

By claiming that they can begin the work immediately or that they have materials remaining from a previous job, they may pressure residents into accepting their offer immediately or handing over insurance settlement checks. When a resident accepts their offer and pays them, they may never return, or they may complete the work with poor quality.

While many respectable businesses still go door-to-door to meet potential customers, you should always be careful about people who come to your home unexpectedly and you should always feel empowered to ask questions. If someone you do not know attempts to solicit business at your door, some tips include:

  • Ask for written information about the company’s services
  • Check to see whether the company is properly licensed
  • Inform your insurance company about the offer
  • Request time to consider the offer – at least a day or two

If a contractor pushes a resident to decide immediately, the resident should refuse the offer, call local law enforcement, and report a potential scam.

To learn more about home repair scams and other scams that target older adults, visit this page on ODA’s website.

About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit

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