Homeowners can not only suffer damage for severe storms like those we experienced last night, they can also be damaged by unscrupulous contractors.
When severe weather causes damage to homes, out-of-state contractors known as “storm chasers” invade neighborhoods hoping to land contracts. In worst case scenarios, these contractors use unethical sales tactics to secure work covered by insurance, do shoddy work, then leave town. Homeowners are left with unfinished repairs or no way to contact the company if problems arise later.
BBB offers these tips:
Be proactive in selecting a contractor and not reactive to sales calls on the phone or door-to-door pitches.
While most contractors abide by the law, be careful allowing someone you do not know inspect your roof. An unethical contractor may actually create damage to get work. And never allow inspections when you are not home.
Get more than one estimate and ask for customer references who have had work done a few years ago. See if the repairs held up and the company was responsive to any issues.
Never sign a Power of Attorney form giving the contractor the right to settle your insurance claim.
Use bbb.org to check out the company before signing any contracts.