It is so sad to think that there are lots of people out there that would try to scam unsuspecting homeowners who are in need of roofing services. It is unfortunate, but it is really happening, and you wouldn’t want to fall victim to such.
Here are 5 ways to avoid roofing scams:
1. Say No to Unsolicited Inspection
If somebody comes knocking on your door telling you that they can conduct a free inspection on your roof, consider that a red flag. These people will climb on your roof and may fake damages just so they can get you to pay for their services.
2. Stay Away From Super Low Costs
While it is nice to avail of a discount when having some work done on your roof, a super low cost, however, is something that should make you think twice. They may do the job, but you are lucky if the materials used will last for a week.
3. Do Not Give a Down Payment Just Yet
No matter how good the plan of the ‘contractor’ for your roof is if he is asking for a down payment right away, then that is another red flag. You should never pay upfront unless the project has started. And besides, a good roofing contractor won’t really demand payment until the job is all done.
4. Read the Contract Very Carefully
Before you put your signature on any written agreement, make sure to read it, and understand the terms and conditions, particularly that of the pricing. The contract will serve as some kind of protection so you should take the time to see what’s in it. The last thing that you would want to happen is you paying for something that is not reasonable.
5. Turn Away Pushy Contractors
If a contractor seems to be too pushy and he is pressuring you to go for the project immediately, then simply say no.