Secret #2 : Common Roofing and Remodeling Scams
“Today Only” discounts. If a roofing contractor or remodeling contractor ever tells you the price is available for “today only”, it’s time to show him the door. Quite often they’ll provide you a story that by signing today you’re entitled to a “model home” or Advertising discount”. The story centers around the need to use your home as a model to advertise their services in the neighborhood. They mark their prices up just to give you this false discount. Don’t be fooled. This is an old trick used to pressure homeowners into making a quick decision. This is your money we’re talking about! Quickly ask these salespeople to leave! Sometimes there are fly-by-night roofing contractors. They don’t live in your city and drive to the city with the most storm damage to try to get a few jobs. These roofing companies do not guarantee their work, and will leave town as soon as business slows down.
Avoid high pressure salespeople. You should never feel pressured into making a decision about choosing your contractor. If you ever feel that a contractor or salesman is pressuring you, ask them to back off. If they persist, it’s time to look for another contractor. High pressure usually leads to a bad decision when remodeling. A qualified, reputable professional would never pressure anyone into a project.
Beware of “Door-To-Door” contractors. These people may not be contractors at all. Never allow them into your home until you have checked them out thoroughly! I can’t stress this enough. It was recently reported that two men claiming to be contractors entered a home, and while one took the homeowner on a pretend inspection, the other was going through purses and picking up items that could be sold quickly.
Some contractors working in your area may put out flyers or come to your door soliciting additional work in the area. These contractors could be honest, reputable people. But you should not invite them into your home. Instead, politely ask them for their business card and the name, address and telephone number of the people they are doing work for in the neighborhood. Then make an appointment with that homeowner to take a look at the quality of their work.