Year after year, thousands of homeowners usually find themselves as victims of roofing scams. Such homeowners typically end up losing a lot of money and stuck with a poorly done roofing job. As a homeowner, it is imperative to learn how to identify scammers when they are miles away so that you never fall into their unfortunate traps. Some of them may be very convincing, and if you let your naivety or ignorance take the better part of you, then you will always be an easy target. Discussed below are some of the common scams they use and how you can identify them and stop losing money.
The storm chasers
Storm chaser will walk from one home to another in the neighborhood offering to repair any slight damages after an adverse weather event. They will attempt to convince to have a new roof or carry out a major repair at a relatively low cost. They will then advise you to file an insurance claim, and in the end, you will have a new roof, and they will get paid.
At the surface of it, this looks like a genuine deal where everyone ends up happy. Well, this could be for the short term. These scammers are known to do abysmal roof jobs, and if you fall for their traps, you can rest assured that you will be replacing a new roof soon.
The best way to avoid them is to take your time when you need a roofing service. Most of them will try to take advantage of your anxiety after a major storm, and they will coerce you to agree for the work to be completed as soon as possible. Take your time, consult with your insurance and ask for references for any company interested in doing the job.
The Low Bidder
When you need roofing services of any nature and you ask contractors to submit their bids, there are some who may offer tantalizingly low prices for the job. As a homeowner, you may see them as the best fit because you will not have to pay them a lot of money. However, when the job starts, the rates will begin to rise. This is when unforeseen problems will be identified in your roof which will, in turn, lead to additional material and labor costs.
To avoid this type of scammer, don’t let the price be the only thing you look at in the proposals. Go through each in details, ask for references and read the fine print to ensure that you understand the costs you will have to incur for the repair.
Some roofing companies will scam homeowners not by doing a poor job, but by doing more than they were asked to do. Some roofers will go above and beyond to do more than they were requested to and then tell the homeowners that they have just prevented major damage from happening. Since most of the homeowners are always naïve, such scammers always get away with this scam. To stay safe from this scam, agree with the roofer on what they are supposed to do, including the rates, and don’t move an inch if they attempt to ask for pay for doing what they were not asked to do.
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