Roofing scams have become increasingly common, especially after natural disasters and storms. Scammers prey on unsuspecting homeowners desperate to quickly fix their damaged roofs. Fortunately, there are several ways to avoid these scams and ensure that you hire a reputable local roofer.
Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for the contractor’s rating and any complaints. You can also search for reviews and testimonials online.
However, be cautious of reviews that seem overly positive or negative, as they may be fake.
Ask for proof of insurance and licenses. Reputable contractors should have liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. They should also be licensed by the state to operate as a roofing contractor. You can verify their licenses with the state licensing board.
Beware of contractors who ask for a large deposit upfront. Legitimate contractors should not ask for more than 10% of the project’s total cost before starting work. If they do ask for a large deposit, they must not be financially stable or are planning to run away with your money.
Get everything in writing. A local roofer will provide you with a detailed contract that outlines everything – from the scope of work and materials to the timeline and cost. Read it carefully before signing and ask questions if anything is unclear.
Finally, don’t be swayed by door-to-door salespeople or high-pressure sales tactics. Scammers often use these tactics to push homeowners into making quick decisions without doing proper research. Take your time and make an informed decision.