Lately the news seems to be filled with contractor scams pertaining to roofing and siding. We want our customers and their friends/family to know exactly what to look for when hiring a contractor, whether it is for your roof, siding or any other area of your home. Hiring the right contractor can be the difference between a successful project and one that turns into a nightmare. Before you agree to have work done on your home, make sure that you know the answers to the following questions:
- Did the contractor approach you or did you approach him? While this might seem like an odd thing to consider, a successful contractor will not need to go door-to-door and call on people, trying to talk homeowners into changing their siding or roofing even when they were not considering it.
- Does the contractor listen to your concerns? If the contractor seems preoccupied with himself or seems as if he has a script that he is reading from, rather than addressing your specific concerns, steer clear of him.
- Does the contractor focus on your homeowner’s insurance or make promises for your homeowners’ insurance? This is one of the most common scams that people pull on homeowners. The salespeople that knock on your door make you feel as if they know what your insurance will cover and will try to push you to have the work done without any research or a phone call to your insurance company, while in the end they are going to run away with your money.
- Does the contractor have a physical address? Storm chasers, as they are most commonly known as, do not have a physical address. Instead, they roam from city to city or even state to state and chase the storms, convincing homeowners in that area to obtain new siding or a new roof, taking the money and leaving before the job is ever done.
The best way to ensure that your roofing or siding work is being completed by a reputable contractor is to do your own research. Never rely on those companies that knock on your door and talk you into having work done on your home. You should be able to complete your own research on the Better Business Bureau’s website as well as gain the opinion of others in the area or from other areas on the web before making any decisions. Do not let someone talk you into spontaneously making changes to your home, because chances are the only changes you will be making is to the amount of money in your wallet.