Protect Yourself From Roofing Contractor Scams

After a big storm or other disaster, a criminal element will enter your area.

Protect yourself from roofing contractor scams. Not only can roofing repair and roofing replacement scams put unsuspecting homeowners out thousands of dollars, they can also leave you with problems that will cost thousands to fix the right way. Unfortunately, the roofing industry is often prone to scams. These can range from shoddy repairs, to price gouging, to people who take the money and run.

Understanding the signs of roofing contractor scams is not only helpful for individual homeowners, it is a benefit to those roofers who are out there every day providing good, honest service, like Muth and Company Roofing.

Get estimates in writing.

These should be on the company’s letterhead with clear contact information. Keep a copy of all agreements and warranty terms.

Get more than one bid.

Getting at least three bids will help you decide which offers may be too high or too good to be true. Your insurance company can give you an idea of what the repair should cost.

Check out companies.

Beware of a contractor who only has out-of-town references or who solicits door to door. Make sure to check references, phone numbers, and addresses, if possible. Conduct web searches. Check for complaints with the local Better Business Bureau.

Don’t pay up front.

Good contractors may require a partial payment at the very start of the project. Don’t make your final payment until the job is finished and you receive any necessary permits. If a disaster is declared, contractors from outside your area can’t ask for payment before they start work.

Beware of offers to waive the deductible.

The deductible is part of your insurance agreement and any offer to waive it should be a red flag. The contractor could be submitting false information to your insurance company about the cost of the repairs, which is insurance fraud.

Fraudulent roofing contractors prey on vulnerable homeowners and have become increasingly bold in their tactics. One of the best things you can do to avoid roofing contractor scams is to speak to multiple contractors before you actually hire one. This will give you a good idea of what the project will entail, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. Contact your local roofing company, Muth and Company Roofing. We’d like to provide you with a FREE estimate to make your home more comfortable, beautiful and valuable. 614-882-0900.

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