After a storm hits your town, and you?re left with property damage to your home, chances are you?re going to need a contractor to repair the damage. While many contractors are reputable and perform quality work, there are those that have questionable intentions. A recent example of a contractor scam involves storm chasers.
What is a storm chaser?
You may know them as individuals who pursue severe weather conditions. When it comes to property repair, the term often refers to contractors who follow severe weather events, anticipating a large amount of repair work to be done. While many of these contractors are truly trying to help those in need after a storm, others are looking to exploit vulnerable homeowners. They are a contributing factor to roofing scams across the U.S.
A storm chasing contractor will watch weather reports, waiting for severe weather like a tornado, hail storm, or windstorm to hit a region. After the storm hits, the contractor will get a crew together and travel to the affected area. They often use aggressive marketing tactics to get business from the local community. The scammers will complete a rush job and will not be available in the future when the roof starts to fail.
What are warning signs of a storm chaser?
Look for red flags that may indicate you?re dealing with a storm chaser. Be cautious of contractors:
What can you do to ensure a contractor is reputable?
To lower your chances of being scammed, make sure you do your research. Ask these questions before making any commitments:
And if you?re concerned about your homeowners policy coverage of the repair in question, give your agent a call. Your agent may even have recommendations on reputable, local contractors.
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