Home Repair Scams to Be Aware of After Property Damage
If your home has been damaged and you are going to have to make a lot of repairs, you should be careful who you hire to make these repairs. It is important that you make sure whoever you hire to make repairs on your home is a legitimate contractor who isn’t trying to scam you. There are a number of ways that you can protect yourself from the home repair scams that may have serious impacts on your attempts to get your life back on track after the event that caused the property damage.
It is important that you do research on the contractor that you end up hiring to make repairs on your home. One red flag is if the person claiming they are a contractor approaches you either in person or via phone to say they can fix the damage. You should always double check to make sure they have a New York State license to work as a contractor. It is also important that you ask for multiple references before hiring a contractor. If they provide you with references but none of them can be reached, you may want to consider this a red flag. You should always make sure that you have a written contract with the contractor you choose that informs you of the exact materials they plan to use, the price, the exact timeframe, and the exact work they will do. Make sure you understand all of the parts of the contract and don’t sign it until you do.
If you believe your contractor may be trying to scam you, speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
The Law Office of Craig A. Blumberg is an experienced New York City insurance law firm. If you require quality assistance after having suffered property loss, please contact our firm to schedule a free initial consultation.