How to Get Around Contract Scammers After Storm Damage
One nor’easter storm system after another has marked March 2018 as high-risk for storm damage in Maryland, Virginia, and throughout the District of Columbia. Unfortunately, hail storms, wind storms, heavy rains, and floods also bring out scam artists, who want nothing more than to take your money and leave your home with shoddy repair work.
What can you do to avoid contractor scams after storm damage? Here are a few things to look out for.
Never Pay for Storm Damage Repair in Cash
Typical scam artists collect first and promise to perform services later. Unfortunately, your broken window or leaky roof may never be completed by a handyman you pay upfront. At Shanco Companies we highly recommend doing your research on local home repair contractors.
As a general rule, never pay for home contractor services in cash before any work has been done.
Make Door-to-Door Contractors Wait
In the aftermath of heavy rains, flood damage, or a myriad of similar storm damages, rip-off artists know that they have an opportunity to prey on the overwhelming demand for home repair and contractor work. In the midst of cleanup and repair, you may notice advertisements by out-of-state contractors that show up seemingly overnight to share flyers or go door-to-door.
Having a contractor show up at your door may sound convenient, but it leaves you little time to look up their licensing, reviews, or if the company they represent even exists. To avoid this storm damage repair scam, never agree to services right away. Give yourself time to do your research first.
Steps to Avoid Storm Damage Repair Scams
At Shanco Companies we look for ways to empower homeowners to get the most out of their home improvement and home repair service needs. In the middle of a storm or disaster cleanup, we recommend taking the following precautions to protect yourself and your home from unseemly scams.
- Get your service contract in writing
- Verify your handyman’s credentials
- Research the company servicing your home
- Do not pay the entire service cost upfront
- NEVER pay in cash
It is easy to get caught up in the heat of emotion after a storm has caused damage to your home. However, one thing you do not want to lose sight of is finding a home contractor you can trust. Federal authorities often recommend going with a local business for your needs following a disaster—they are easier to fact-check and may have a well-known local reputation.
Do You Need Storm Damage Repair in MD, VA, or DC?
Shanco Companies has provided storm damage repair services in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for decades. You can count on us for home repair services for the following needs, and more:
- Storm damage repair
- Roofing repair
- Siding repair
- Window or door replacement
- Gutter cleaning or repair
- Skylight installation
Do you need storm damage repair services in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia? Call your trusted local home repair company at Shanco today— 240-252-7817!