Home Repair Following the Tornadoes: The Art of Finding a Contractor and Dealing with Your Insurer
December 29, 2003
After a loss from the recent tornadoes in Western Mass., most people called their home insurer. Shortly thereafter, an agent showed up at the home to inspect it. Within a few days, the agent likely returned with a check to cover the damage. Once a homeowner accepts that check, he releases the insurer from any further liability.
This seems to be a perfectly simple and reasonable solution. Problems arise, however, when a homeowner can’t find a contractor to do the work for the price paid by the insurer or when a homeowner hires a scam artist looking to make a quick buck.
The June 1 tornadoes in Hampden County caused an unprecedented number of homeowners to look for contractors to repair damage to their homes. While the vast majority of the contractors operating in Hampden County are honest and professional, there are always people who attempt to exploit the tragedy of a natural disaster.
There have been reports of individuals claiming to be contractors, requesting deposits from homeowners, then fleeing the area without performing any services. You must keep in mind that these individuals are not contractors, but con artists preying upon people at their weakest moment.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By following the 10 recommendations listed below, you will greatly increase your chances of securing a competent professional contractor. …
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by: Adam J. Basch
July 18, 2011