Beware of Storm Chasers

When the weather heats up and hurricane season reaches its peak, roofers and other contractors will start showing up in communities up-and-down the coast to offer their repair services. Managing the after effects of a natural disaster is a challenge in its own right, but how do you know who has legitimate experience and who may be trying to take advantage of you? A storm chaser is a transient contractor that travels to another community to solicit new business after an emergency or natural disaster.  When evaluating a contractor for your roof repair, consider the following questions:

Do the repair vehicles have out-of-state tags?

If so, it is likely contractor may only be in town for storm work and will not be around if your roof needs further repair.  It is important to understand who will service the warranty if problems arise later.

Is the contractor licensed and insured by the State of Florida to perform the storm repair work?

If not, you could be liable for additional expenses to fix poor repair work and for accidents that occur at your home.

Is the contract easy to understand?

A clearly written invoice will include the company’s complete name, address and phone number, a detailed breakdown of all products and services recommended along with the total cost for each item, length of warranty and payment terms. It is important to ask questions if you do not understand the contract. Some contractors may try to slip in cancellation or contingency fees that will make the final bill more than you are expecting to pay.

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