Disasters can arrive in all forms: hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and just about any other misfortune you can dream up. But there’s no disaster as horrible as being ripped off by an unscrupulous crook posing as a legitimate contractor who makes off with your money. Believe it or not, contractor scams happen all the time. To ensure you never fall victim to them, here are a few best practices to employ after you’ve experienced damage to your home.
The Hallmark of Contractor Scams
Not all roofing contractor scams are created equal, just as no criminal’s M.O. is a carbon copy of the next one’s. Contractor scams can take a variety of different shapes. These are just a few of the most common.
Keeping It On the Up and Up
Some crooks operate in different ways. Occasionally, you’ll have the misfortune to cross paths with someone who’ll offer to work with you to get the better of your insurance provider by lying on the insurance claim—their argument being that you’ll both make out like bandits. But unless you want to find out what disasters of the legal kind lie in wait for you if you cross that line, report them to your insurer immediately.