Working with storm chasers is risky because they have no intention of building a long-term relationship with you. They only want to get your business and take the easiest route to make money out of your leaky roof.
Generally, these fly-by-night contractors just do the bare minimum to increase the chances of the insurance claim getting approved and obtaining their money faster. Without really performing meaningful work to fix the storm damage problem, issues are bound to present themselves sooner than expected. When that time comes, you can’t hold them accountable because they’re constantly on the move.
Although the scams these transient roofers employ are well-documented, many property owners still fall prey to them. It’s imperative to recognize one when you speak with them because experienced storm chasers know the look of desperation and can quickly capitalize on carelessness.
Today, Goodrich Roofing shares things you can do to spot a storm chaser:
Ask for Identification
Seek credentials to determine whether or not you’re being taken for a ride. Reputable hail and wind damage repair contractors can readily provide information about their physical address, license and insurance because they have nothing to hide.
Ask the company’s representative for any ID to find out where the person lives. A driver’s license from outside the Land of Enchantment is a major red flag. Take documents with a grain of salt, and make sure they’re verifiable to check their authenticity.
Request for Local References
Reliable wind and hail damage roofers have no trouble providing references for work they have performed within the past six month in the area. On the other hand, well-traveled storm chasers are usually reluctant to produce anything because they probably have pending lawsuits filed by their previous customers.
If you’re given local references, take time to visit them to make sure they’re legitimate. While you’re at it, drop by the roofer’s office to guarantee that it’s a real place.
Experienced, local roofers know their cities by heart. The lack of familiarity with your area can be a telling sign that the contractor you’re speaking with comes from out of state. During your initial conversation, talk like a customer, but think like a spy. Come up with surprise questions to test local knowledge, and throw a potential storm chaser off balance.
As a trustworthy Albuquerque roofer since 1946, Goodrich Roofing has unquestionable expertise and integrity. Licensed, insured and certified by many premier brands, we’ll bring your home up to code and provide you peace of mind. Call us at (505) 219-4450 now to discuss your roofing needs, and get a FREE estimate.