It’s heartwarming to see people who go out of their way to help their neighbors after a particularly damaging weather disturbance. Unfortunately, while calamities can bring out the best in people, such trying times can bring out the worst in some, too.
If you’ve ever had a contractor soliciting business around your neighborhood after a storm, you must remain vigilant. It’s natural for people to seek out repairs for their homes, especially after a storm, but these visitors are not the help you need. They’re commonly known as “storm chasers”, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers about dealing with these unscrupulous individuals.
Here are our best tips to avoid falling victim to storm chasers and their tactics.
Due Diligence, Always
It’s important to research a company before you sign the dotted line. If you can’t find the company online, you should take this as an immediate red flag. In case you have no access to the internet, you can contact the BBB directly, and ask them about the profile of the roofer offering their services.
The BBB lists licensed and registered contractors for repairs and roofing on their website, sorted according to the areas they serve. Additionally, you may also call your insurance provider to ask if they have accredited or recommended contractors in your area.
Reliable Paper Trails
Storm chasers often use intimidating tactics to “scare” you into signing a contract. These include doling out massive amounts of discounts available exclusively if you sign the same day. Always get everything in clear and concise writing, and never give your contractor the rights to your insurance claims.
Trusted Roofing Contractors
As a professional roofer, Krech Exteriors has offered quality services to Minneapolis residents for over two decades, and we have a proven track record of satisfied clients. Avoid being a victim of storm chasers; trust Krech Exteriors instead. Call us at (651) 968-8888, or use our online form to schedule an in-home consultation, free of charge. Our services are available in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN, and nearby areas.