Avoiding Storm Damage Scammers | Storm Chasers and Roofing Scams
After a major storm or other inclement weather, the damage done to your roof can feel like a devastating blow. Scammers are aware of this and know you want to want to have the repairs done as quickly as possible without a major price tag. Our Feazel Service Team wants to help you stay alert and prepared if one of these scammers shows up at your door.
There are many techniques scammers use to try and trick you out of your money. One of these most common ones happens to be “storm chasers.” Storm chasers often show up from out-of-town in areas recently hit by severe weather, as they know that insurance companies are likely covering repairs there. They then offer fake pamphlets of services and even totally free inspections, but in the end only complete a roofing job that lasts for a few years or has even more damage inflicted.
For the best protection against these scammers, force them to provide you with written information on insurance and licensing. If they can’t give this to you, they are no good. Proper research and investigation into the right roofing company for you is a great way to stay a step ahead of these scammers.
Other scammers use a “low bid” technique that often forces homeowners to pay more money in the middle of their roofing project. Scammers will offer an unbeatable price in the beginning, and then trick the homeowners into paying for “rising material costs” and other expenses when they are halfway through. Homeowners clearly want their project finished, and often fall for paying.
Know that the responsibility of covering rising material costs is not ever the responsibility of the homeowner or customer, and contractors are notified of these rising costs far in advance of beginning a new roof. Always make sure you have written quotes and avoid companies who have much lower quotes than others in your area.
Another common scam is in the form of a false down payment. Scammers will ask for an initial down payment to cover the costs of materials and labor, and once they have it, they’re often long gone. Make sure you never write a check or give any sort of payment to a company before you have materials and other supplies delivered.
The best way to stay financially protected during your roofing project is to hire a highly-qualified, reputable roofing company. Feazel roofing is done right with our four-hour emergency response protocol and 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Don’t hesitate! Contact us today to schedule your free inspection and let us help you begin your next roofing project.