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.
- 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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