In the wake of a hurricane or even a tropical storm you’ll see a lot of contractors offering to help with repairs. Some are very reputable, some…not so much so. How do you avoid being scammed?
Disaster One offers the following advice:
- Be suspicious of any high pressure contractor who tries to rush you to make decisions, particularly if the repairs are not an emergency or the work is temporary
- Ask for references; an ethical contractor will be happy to provide them
- Do not deal with a contractor who asks you to pay for the entire job upfront
- Immediately dismiss any contractor who claims to be backed by FEMA – they do not endorse individual contractors
- Look for the business name and phone number on the vehicle of anyone who approaches you about repairs
- Ask to see the contractor’s driver’s license – write down the license number and the license plate number of their vehicle
- Never allow a contractor to discourage you from contacting your insurance company; you should contact your insurance company immediately
Call us any time at 800-277-4787 any time you need our help.