We’ve all heard phrases such as “seize the moment” and “the early bird gets the worm.” These terms tend to apply to devastating storms that leave homes in a community damaged and in need of repair.
Naturally, when an occurrence like this happens, it’s a homeowner’s first instinct to restore their property as quickly as possible. Taking advantage of this mentality are contractors from all over the country who pack up their pickup trucks and set their GPS coordinates for the affected area.
These contractors bank on the fact that homeowners are in a stressful situation and may take less precautions than they normally would when screening a potential contractor than if the work was something that they’d been saving and planning on for years.
One of the tactics that these storm-chasing contractors are using is going door to door in affected neighborhoods, promising homeowners everything under the sun to get them to sign on the dotted line.
Now, we’re not saying that someone knocking on your door, offering storm restoration assistance is always a predator. In fact, sometimes when reputable estimators have been out on bids, they’ve stopped at a neighbor’s property to check to see if they are in need of assistance as well.
What we are saying is that storm damage already places stress on a homeowner and it can certainly seem like it’s taking the path of least resistance by signing with the first company that shows up at your door to give you an estimate, but we caution you to use the below screening tools when encountering a contractor knocking on your door soliciting business.