It’s an unfortunate fact that there many unethical individuals in the roofing industry who routinely scam unsuspecting homeowners in need of roof repairs or replacements. To protect you from being taken advantage of by a disreputable Kansas City roofing contractor, here are some of the most common scam tactics and how to avoid them.
A less-than-ethical roofer may tell you that your roof is in dire shape and needs replacement, even if it’s fairly new. You can avoid this type of scam by carefully vetting any contractor given access to your roof. This way, you’ll learn the true extent of any roof damage and have help weighing your options.
If a recent storm has damaged area roofs, you might have a roofer knock on your door and state that they’re working nearby and have had an unexpected cancelation. In this “storm chaser” scam, you’ll likely be offered a big discount if you sign a contract immediately. This underhanded tactic is designed to rope you in without any opportunity to check references or compare prices. Your best response is “thanks, but no thanks” so you can look for a reputable roofer who’ll give you ample time to compare estimates.
Requests for Hefty Upfront Deposits
Some unscrupulous roofers are bold enough to ask for a big deposit, supposedly so they can order your materials or have the funds to pay their crew. To avoid having a contractor pocket your deposit or leave you with a subcontractor or supplier lien for unpaid invoices, make sure you read and understand your payment obligations in any contract you sign. And keep in mind that a financially stable roofing company won’t ask for a sizable down payment,because they stock necessary supplies and have the resources to pay their suppliers on time.
Unexpected Cost Increases
If you’re taken in by an unbelievably low estimate, you may get an unpleasant surprise once the work begins. Some dishonest roofers will wait until the roof is torn off, then hit you with a big price increase to cover “unforeseen extras.” If you balk, they might threaten to walk away, leaving you without a secure roof.
To prevent unnecessary headaches and stress, make sure that your roofer is honest and your contract covers such contingencies before you sign it.
If you’re looking for an honest, dependable Kansas City roofing contractor, contact us at Bill West Roofing.
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