Major home repairs are also major expenses for homeowners. While some may choose to go the DIY route to save money, the complexity of the endeavor leads many of them to hire a contractor. People should beware though, and see to it that they only work with trustworthy roofing companies.
In July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a warning against fly-by-night contractors, especially those taking advantage of Hurricane Sandy victims:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo advised New Yorkers to be vigilant when seeking the services of home contractors, especially those looking to repair and rebuild their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and report any illegal activity to the New York State Division of Consumer Protection at 1-800-697-1220.
“Unauthorized home contractors are pulling a take the money and run scam on homeowners still trying to rebuild and recover from Superstorm Sandy,” Cuomo said. “Preying on New Yorkers who suffered during Sandy will not be tolerated. […] As we all continue to rebuild after Sandy, I urge New Yorkers to be aware and on alert when they select home building contractors.”
Residents of The Big Apple should not be the only ones that should remain alert and vigilant. Individuals looking for Maryland roofers should be equally careful lest they become victims too. Below are some tips on how consumers can verify the reliability of their prospective roofer.
About the Money
When the contractor offers an attractive discount if—and only if—you sign the contract immediately, you may want to think twice before hiring him. Reliable contractors will provide a fair quote with no hidden charges and will never pressure you to say yes on the spot. Moreover, keep in mind that it’s not a good idea for you to give the full payment up front, and remember to double check if the contractor is asking for a reasonable down payment.
Take note that licensed contractors are bonded, giving financial protection to homeowners should their work be unsatisfactory or left unfinished. They also have liability insurance which will pay for any damages that could be caused by the project to your property. A valid license also ensures that you’re not dealing with a fly-by-night company looking to make a quick buck.
Lines of Communication
Established roofing contractors in Bethesda, MD, such as Roof Masters, can be reached in several ways. If the only means to contact a contractor you’re considering is through e-mail or a cellphone number, they may not be the expert roofers they claim to be.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Don’t Get Screwed By Bad Home Building Contractors, Times Newsweekly, July 4, 2013)