Unfortunately not all companies are reputable and their primary purpose is to “scam” you out of money. By definition a scam is a dishonest scheme, a fraud or swindle. Here are some tips for spotting a dishonest contractor.
- Do Your Homework. Legitimate businesses understand that you want more information about their company and are happy to comply before you make a decision. Obtain a salesperson’s name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address, and business license number before you transact business.
- Wait Before Your Sign. Do not sign a contract until you have checked references and know that the company is able to stand by their work should something go wrong.
- Don’t Pay in Advance. Never pay up front and take your time making a decision. Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card or bank information, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
- Is the Work Guaranteed? Read their workmanship warranty.
- Are They Really Local? Do not assume a contractor is local just because they say so. Be very suspicious if they give you a PO Box for an address. Your local contractors are there to serve you if there are workmanship issues. Unfortunately, many property owners have been stung and have no recourse after the work has been done by “storm chasers.” Local contractors depend upon word-of-mouth advertising so their reputation is at stake if they provide poor workmanship. Storm chasers have moved onto the next community and don’t care about their reputation.
If you do have damage from a storm, fire or other cause, be sure to contact us to get the claim process started. We can also point you to qualified, reputable contractors in your area.