After a significant weather event, homeowners may have to manage property damage and a complicated recovery process. While it is natural for a homeowner to want to get back on their feet and return to a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible, it is essential that the homeowner be thorough and diligent in navigating the recovery process.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who may seek to take advantage of hardship after a severe storm. With that in mind, we want to alert homeowners about possible contractor scams.
Amid the clutter, rubble, and flood waters that severe storms may leave behind, fraudulent contractors may be among the most dangerous perils lurking about. These contractors target property owners by offering to provide repairs while demanding payment upfront. However, once paid, these scammers may provide subpar or incomplete work, use stolen materials and equipment, or simply disappear and abandon the client altogether.
Like most scams, property owners can protect themselves from fraudulent contractors by understanding various warning signs. Following a severe storm, homeowners should beware of contractors whose actions include the following:
Homeowners should always be diligent and thorough while shopping for products and services. This is of even greater importance when potentially dealing with fraudulent contractors. The following steps can help reduce the likelihood of being scammed:
The aftermath of a natural disaster, including catastrophic weather events, can be stressful and overwhelming. Unfortunately, many unethical contractors may see homeowners recovering from a natural disaster as easy targets. With that in mind, homeowners that have suffered storm-related losses must be vigilant and avoid making hasty decisions that could exacerbate their problems.
For more information or guidance, contact RMC Group today to speak with a licensed insurance professional at 239-298-8210.
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