(WGGB) — We’re well into the summer storm season. Angie’s List is warning anyone who’s suffered wind and hail damage to be on guard against people who offer to help rebuild, but who aren’t qualified or even prepared to follow through.
After a storm blows through, it’s not unusual to hear stories of someone taking advantage of homeowners.
Contractor David Fonzi says, “I had a client who had a window blown out, but everything else was okay. But when I got up there he had a basketball sized hole in his roof in one area and two softball sized holes in another area. So I advise that everybody get with your contractor, have them come do a walk through. Not just the exterior, but get up in the attic and check all your joists in your roof, all of your framing up in there to make sure because you don’t want the damage to come back later.”
Angie Hicks of Angie’s List says, the best advice is to make sure you’re working with good local companies. She adds, “Make sure they are licensed, insured, bonded, if necessary so that you can be sure that you are getting the best company that’s going to stand behind the work because a lot of times we’re talking roofers, major home improvement projects and you want a company that’s going to be around for their warranty.”
And even though your situation might seem to be one of desperation, take enough time to get at least three written estimates on the job. Get all the details of the job in writing and fully reach the contact before you sign it and never sign a blank contract.
Angie’s List also advises homeowners to learn what your insurance policy covers before a storm hits. Never sign over your homeowner’s insurance settlement upfront and avoid a company that offers to pay or help with your deductible.