How to Avoid Roofing Scammers

Unfortunately, there are plenty of dishonest contractors out there just ready to take your money if you let them. Roofing scammers often seek out likely targets after a major storm or other situation in which roofs are prone to be damaged. These unscrupulous individuals usually look for victims by offering their services door-to-door, offering exceptionally low prices for roof repair. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is! Encountering a roofing salesman at your door is one indication of a possible scammer, but there are other signs to look for as well.

Warning Signs

  • The “roofer” wants most of the money upfront. This is always a bad sign. A reputable roofing contractor won’t ask for money in advance.
  • The company isn’t local. Many times, roofing scammers go on the road, following severe storms in order to find likely victims in need of roof repairs.
  • The company urges you to purchase their services right away, before the “sale” ends. If you’re being pressured to buy roofing services at an extremely low price, that should raise a red flag that the person you’re dealing with is less than honest.

Avoid the Scam

  • Call the Better Business Bureau. Ask if they have any complaints filed against the contractor.
  • Make sure the contractor is licensed, insured and bonded. Ask for references as well.
  • Ask for a physical address and phone number of the company. Any reputable roofer will have a physical address.
  • Never pay before the work is done. It’s all too easy for a scammer to take your money and not complete the work.
  • Get at least three estimates before deciding on a contractor. That way you can choose for yourself a local company with a good reputation.

 

Source: Roof Helper http://www.homeimprovementhelper.com/roof/roofing_scams.htm

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