Angie's List: Beware of "Storm Chasers"

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by Jon Sasser

wfaa.com

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 5:00 AM

In the wake of the storms and tornadoes, homeowners could now face another potential disaster: unscrupulous storm-chasing contractors.

Storm chasers often go from house to house looking for people who need help cleaning up storm damage, offering promises of quick repairs for cash up-front.

The folks at the consumer web site Angie's List say storm-chasing roofing companies often tell homeowners they need their entire roof replaced when it often just needs just a few repairs.

"Pushy salespeople, it just doesn't work. If you feel like you're being pressured to sign a contract just say no and walk away. A deal today should be a deal tomorrow so don't feel like have to make a decision on the spot, says Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

Experts say avoid shady storm chasers who ask for cash up front, chances are, once he has the cash you won't see him again.

Also, check 'Angie's List' to get some insight into local service contractors. And check to see if a contractor is bonded and insured.

Remember, talk to your insurance adjuster first. And whatever you do, don't cave into a high-pitch sales pressure.

For more information on this and other consumer related stories, visit www.angieslist.com.

 

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