Be Ready To Tell Storm Damage Scammers To Go To Hail
Wednesday Rockford got pounded with hail, especially the southeast side, and now residents need to be wary of anyone offering to repair the damage. If someone knocks on your door asking offering a free estimate on hail damage to your roof - don't buy into it. Tell them to go to... hail. (rimshot)
The BBB continually warns homeowners of possible scammers going door-to-door asking to check for possible damage and that they'll handle everything with your insurance company but don't always be so accepting. If they seem desperate or pushing it's likely a scam. Illinois' Attorney General agrees with this.
Insurance adjusters and roofers must be licensed by state agencies. Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Never pay in cash.
If you believe there is damage and are looking for a company to do appropriate repairs, check out the company through Better Business Bureau. Once you've found what you're looking for follow these next steps carefully (via Illinois Attorney General's Office).
Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract. Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction. Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor’s visit to your home. In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when your insurance carrier denies your coverage.
Check Out This Hail Video