Immediately after a major disaster there are a large number of people who show up to the scene and represent themselves as professional contractors. Unfortunately, many of these people are incompetent and can end up doing more damage than they fix. When you are in need of home repairs after a natural disaster, be sure to seek out the professionals at Nationwide Window & Siding.
In fact, contractor scams are more common than you may think. Every year American consumers are estimated to lose millions of dollars due to poorly done home repair jobs. Unfortunately, many incidents go unnoticed because the victims of these scams do not report what happens to the police.
Start by being extremely cautious when you are solicited by people representing themselves as contractors after a severe weather event or other type of major disaster. Immediately after reports of major disasters hit the national news, scam artists from across the country show up the scene. They prey on people who are desperate for their homes to become livable again. In addition, the people who are hiring their services are typically not familiar with the contractors in their immediate neighborhood.
Always get an estimate for the work from at least three different contractors. Anyone who pressures you to sign today and pay immediately should be viewed warily. A legitimate contractor will not need more than ten percent of the money upfront in order to start work, with the balance due after work is completed. Contractors who have been in business for a while have good relationships with suppliers, and can buy supplies on credit, eliminating the need to have you pay a lot upfront for materials.
Finally, ask for opinions from friends, neighbors, and family members. Companies with good word of mouth reputations usually do good work. Just make sure that the company has actually completed a job for these friends or relatives before taking their recommendations. Many scams are based on convincing one or two people, then having those people convince their friends and neighbors to hire on the scam artist.