((Voice over)) Local highly rated contractors on Angie’s List are warning homeowners about storm scams in hard-hit Moore, Oklahoma, and surrounding areas.
Donn Lipscomb, Moore’s Roofing and Insulation: “They’ll come into town and buy up a small business to get a local name, come in and work the storm, give the company back its name and then not stand behind any of their work. No warranty. You know they’re two, three, five states away, so they’re not coming back for a roof leak or a shingle blowing off.”
((Voice over)) Another common scam contractors are seeing following the storm is the blank contract.
Randy Jasinski, Randy’s Roofing: “They are telling them we will argue with your insurance company, we’ll get more money so we don’t put a number down here because the number is going to change through the insurance.
David Fonzi, A-List Construction: “You don’t want to sign a blank contract because a lot of times the fine print will say that we are guaranteed your business afterwards, and you don’t always want to guarantee the business.”
((Voice over)) Another piece of advice: Never pay out of pocket for roof tarping.
David Fonzi, A-List Construction: I had a lady that lost her checkbook and another guy was going to tarp it, but she didn’t have her checkbook and she came up to ask me how much I was charging our client to do it and I said nothing, we’ll get it whenever the insurance comes. She actually went to the bank to get temporary checks and he was coming back that day. So I told her don’t worry about it, we’ll go and tarp it.
Randy Jasinski, Randy’s Roofing: “They are telling these people that you have to do this right now. You don’t. Take your time and think about it. Get the information you need before making a decision.”
Angie’s List Tips:
- Never sign a blank contract
- Never pay upfront for repairs
- Do your research
- Get written estimates