Video: How to Avoid Contractor Fraud

A new law in Texas has made it illegal for contractors, roofers included, to waive insurance deductibles. According to Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan, contractors who do so are cutting corners. and this new law is meant to protect consumers from subpar work, especially in the wake of storms.

A roof replacement project takes a lot of time, effort, money and expertise. You will want roofing professionals to handle the job for you, but unfortunately, you can’t simply trust the first contractor who knocks on your door. You may not know you’re a victim of a scam until it’s too late. Here’s how to avoid fraudulent contractors. 

1. Take Note of Some Red Flags

Here are common suspicious activities that characterize some fraudulent contractors:

  • Asking for the full payment in advance: A contractor should only ask for a down payment first to buy materials.

  • Forgetting to pay the suppliers: You can ask the supplier to determine if a roofing contractor can be trusted or not.

2. Listen to What Other People Say About a Company

Look up the contractor’s reviews on trusted websites like the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List®. Good and bad reviews alike should give you an idea of what it’s like to work with the contractor. You can also ask the contractor for around three references and see their previous projects for yourself.

3. Ask for Their Documents and Papers

Legitimate roofing companies will be properly insured and licensed, or otherwise certified. If your prospective roofer cannot present these documents, take your business elsewhere.

Trust WABO Roofing for quality roofing, siding and window replacement services. Give us a call at (855) 557-6634, or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We serve clients in Pearland and Houston, TX.

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