When a hailstorm wreaks damage on a home, especially to the siding or roof, many homeowners turn to a contractor or professional roofer to repair their hail and roof damages following a powerful storm. If you have experienced the same damages after massive-sized hail stones, here is what the Better Business Bureau and our insurance claim attorneys want you to know to stay safe when dealing with a contractor.
First, beware of people who solicit your business. They may come to your door, leave a professional looking flyer, send you a mailer, or call you on the phone. The point is that you need to be aware that there are storm damage scammers out there looking to take advantage of people like you.
The biggest concern is contractors from out-of-state who do not have a proper license to work in your state. Although the company might be legitimate, they should be registered with the state to do business. Homeowners should check if a contractor or company is registered with the state and if they have insurance. This is one way you can protect yourself from people looking to make a quick dollar.
People looking to scam others often look and act the part. Just because someone has a truck, a ladder, tools and looks the part, doesn’t mean he is a qualified roofer. While it is easier to hire someone who lands on your doorstep, as many people do not want to put in the time to call licensed contractors, it is in your best interest to do your homework before your hire anyone to repair your property damage.
Homeowners need to watch out for these shady practices and be on guard for scammers.