Signs a Roofing Contractor Is Scamming You
Sep 24, 2022
Unfortunately, not every roofer is trustworthy. It’s important to learn what to look out for so you can avoid falling for a roofing scam. The following are signs that a roofing contractor could be scamming you.
The Roofer Knocks on Your Door After a Storm
The process of going door to door after a storm and offering to make repairs on your roof is known as storm chasing. While your roof may legitimately have been damaged during the storm, you should instead seek out a known reputable contractor to repair your roof instead.
Legitimate roofers will be too busy making repairs after a storm to be seeking out new business door-to-door.
The Estimate Is Very Low
Any offer that seems too good to be true probably is. It’s always a good idea to shop around when it comes to estimates for roof repairs. If an offer is much lower than the others, then it’s probably a sign of a scam. Scammers will lowball an estimate to get you to make a downpayment and then disappear with the money without doing much, if any, work on your roof.
They Demand a High Up-Front Payment
If a roofing contractor offers a low price overall but the up-front payment is higher than those requested by other roofers, it’s likely that it’s a scam. This is so that they can run away with the money without actually having to finish the job.
They Add on Extra Expenses
Some roofing scammers will try to pull a bait-and-switch on their customers. They’ll give a low estimate to get you to sign the contract but then start adding on extras to make you pay more money.
They Make up Nonexistent Problems
One of the reasons why you should always get at least a second opinion if not a third or more is that scammers may make up problems that don’t exist to inflate an estimate. Your roof may not be damaged at all after a storm or, if it is, it may not be damaged as badly as the scammer claims.
The Roofer Pressures You to Sign Quickly
If you feel like the roofer is putting a lot of pressure on you to quickly sign a contract before you’ve had a chance to think about it or get a second opinion, it’s likely a scam. A scammer won’t want you to do more research or have a chance to talk to a legitimate roofer because then they’ll miss out on an opportunity to take some of your money.
The Roofer Wants to Deal Directly with Your Insurance Company
If a roofer offers to handle dealing with your insurance company for you, that’s not a good sign. This may be a part of a roofing insurance fraud scam. Another possible way a scammer may try to commit insurance fraud is to reduce costs or waive the deductible after you’ve already filed the insurance claim.
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