Planning your storm damage restoration project is already difficult, but some unscrupulous individuals are out there to prey on your situation. Known as storm chasers, they have no priorities in mind but their own, so you’ll want to avoid these on your next project.
Thankfully, we can share a few tips to help you identify and avoid them.
Ask for an Updated License
As their name implies, storm chasers chase after storms and actively look for homeowners left in the wake of nature’s destruction. As such, they are transient companies without any local presence. The simplest way to check if the contractor is a storm chaser is by looking for an updated license. Most don’t have this, but if they do, check where the license was issued. If it wasn’t issued in your state, then they are a storm chaser.
Secure Multiple Estimates
These fly-by-night companies prey on homeowner’s panic and often rush people into signing their contracts. Play it smart and secure multiple estimates for your storm damage or residential roof replacement. Even if it’s an emergency, it pays to secure at least three estimates.
Be Present During an Inspection
Never let anyone inspect your home without you present. Storm chasers looking to make a quick buck have been known to fake storm damage using hammers and even golf balls. Never let anyone inspect your home, especially if you haven’t talked to them about a contract yet.
Avoid Large Down Payments
While all contractors ask for a down payment, beware if the one in question is larger than one-third of the job’s total cost. This “strategy” is a clear sign that you’re working with a storm chaser. Always withhold at least 10% until you’re satisfied with your contractor’s job.
Genesis Roofing has been providing the area with quality roof leak repair, replacement and maintenance services since 2005. Call us today at (515) 200-1973 to learn more about our services. We offer expert residential roof replacement in Clive and other parts of Iowa.