7 tips for avoiding contractor scams after a hurricane
In the wake of a hurricane or even a tropical storm you’ll see a lot of contractors offering to help with repairs. Some are very reputable, some…not so much so. How do you avoid being scammed?
BluSky offers the following advice:
- Be suspicious of any high pressure contractor who tries to rush you to make decisions, particularly if the repairs are not an emergency or the work is temporary
- Ask for references; an ethical contractor will be happy to provide them
- Do not deal with a contractor who asks you to pay for the entire job upfront
- Immediately dismiss any contractor who claims to be backed by FEMA – they do not endorse individual contractors
- Look for the business name and phone number on the vehicle of anyone who approaches you about repairs
- Ask to see the contractor’s driver’s license – write down the license number and the license plate number of their vehicle
- Never allow a contractor to discourage you from contacting your insurance company; you should contact your insurance company immediately
If you ever experience flood or storm damage, BluSky is here for you with 24/7 emergency response. We hold ourselves to the strictest standards of integrity and character, and we encourage you to check our references.
Call us any time at 800.266.5677 any time you need our help.