How To Avoid Some Of The More Common Roofing Repair Scams After A Major Storm in Brooklyn Park MN
A storm is a natural, and yet, a terrible thing to encounter. What is even more terrible is if you have roof repair that needs to be completed. Now, you have a few options here. However, you do not want to leave your vital roofing repair up to someone less than qualified for the job. Roofers are a dime a dozen these days. You do need to be able to tell the difference between a credible roofing company and someone who is just trying to scam you. Below we will go over some of the things to watch for concerning potential scams that might come up after a powerful storm.
1) There is the roofing contractor who goes around knocking on your door.
Now, he is going to try to draw you into a conversation. A few things that might come up include some of the following.
a) We just did the house down the street. We have some material left over and noticed some damage. We can give you a very good discount on the work. No authentic roofing contractor is going to do this. They will wait to hear from you through phone or online communication.
b) We will handle all the details because we are the cheapest in town (or something like that).
Those are just two dead giveaways that something is wrong. Please do not accept any offer given to you. Please call someone you trust to handle your roof repair if you do (indeed ) have some.
2) Are you going to sign a contract and notice some holes in the legalities? That is another dead giveaway something is wrong. Credible roofers do not normally leave any holes in the paperwork. A good contract will have everything documented and leave nothing out.
3) Is the company bonded? This is very important to ask. Any roofer that shrugs off the question cannot be trusted. Any reputable roofing company does come with bonds and licensure.
That is to prevent any bad blood on both ends. Bonds and licensing are also there to make sure you are not held responsible if something goes wrong. A bond is also there to protect you if any work is not completed either on time or at all.
An example of a contractor not bonded is a storm chaser. Let them in at your own risk.
4) Did the person ask you for a large cash payment right away? Yeah, that is usually a sign something is wrong. At best, a decent company will ask you for 10% of the price before they start. Thet will also ask for either check or credit card information.
In terms of the credit card or check, the contractor will only ask for vital information. That means they are not going to ask you for your firstborn child. All joking aside, you need to be wary of anyone who asks for information that does not pertain to the work being done.
One demographic these people usually target (in this instance) are those who are elderly and gullible in such matters. They like to prey on the weak-minded and naive.
You need to watch out for those people. They will take your money, and either not complete the work, and worse yet, they will do the job incorrectly.
Keep a paper trail open for any transaction, especially those you feel wary about.
5) Time to discuss the pricing. Now, it is no secret that some repair jobs are going to cast more than others. However, you do need to be warned if someone is offering a very low-ball price for work that should cost a lot more.
Licensing and other information needed
Are you wondering what type of licensing you need to look for? It varies from state to state, but below you will the basic licensing you should notice.
a) The person should (at least) have the minimum work training under their belt (usually a minimum of two years). This can be done on the job. The person also has to have at least a high school diploma and be 18.
What happens if the person does not have those qualifications (at least)? That means the person is going to lack the skills and experience to the work. It is like hiring a reality show personality to be the President of the US (sorry, bad joke).
Hire the right person.