Storm chasers are scammers that capitalize on a homeowners’ need for quick and affordable storm damage repair. They get their name from their tendency to go to areas recently hit by a storm and look for possible victims. Every year, millions of dollars’ worth of cash meant for roofing repair end up stolen by storm chasers around the country.
How Do Storm Chasers Operate?
Once a storm has left an area, storm chasers move in posing as legitimate roofing companies. They travel along the streets and knock on homeowner’s doors, asking if they are in need of professional roofing services to have their roofs fixed. To increase their chances of tricking victims into paying them, they usually offer estimates at low prices.
What Happens Next?
Some storm chasers will ask for payment upfront, which, given the low cost, some homeowners wouldn’t mind paying. Others will even try to get payment from an insurance claim filed by the homeowners. In most cases, payment options are designed in a way that they get their money as soon as possible. Once they receive payment, they move out of the area and cut off all communications with their clients, leaving their roofing systems exposed to the elements and vulnerable to even more problems.
Avoiding Storm Chasers
Storm chasers will employ many tactics, but you can do a few things to protect yourself from being scammed. One of the most important things you should keep in mind is that they will use price as leverage. As long as you think that the offer is too good to be true, there’s a chance that it’s probably just a trick to make you sign up.
Another great way to stay safe from storm chasers is to hire only local contractors. With a real, working address and contact number, you’ll always know where to go if you need to get in touch with a local roofing contractor. Hiring local is also better because you can always ask other people in your area to check if a contractor is the real deal.
If you’re looking for a local roofing contractor to hire, contact us. Goodrich Roofing is the most trusted roofing company in New Mexico. Call us at (505) 219-4450, or fill out this contact form to request a free estimate.