You’re sitting on your couch, cat in your lap, settling in for a three-hour binge of your favorite Netflix show. Then it happens. The thing that all homebodies dread more than anything else in the world…an unexpected knock at the door!
For at least two seconds, maybe three, you think about ignoring it. You can tell by the look in her eyes that your cat wants you to pretend like the knock never happened. But what if it’s a neighbor kid selling Girl Scout Cookies?! It’s the love of Thin Mints and nothing else that motivates you to dump the cat on the floor, pause the Netflix player, and shuffle to the door.
But instead of a cute kid in green vest offering you delicious treats, you discover a man in a roofing services uniform standing on your front porch. “Told ya,” the cat seems to say while calming licking her paws.
Unfortunately, this is a scenario that plays out all too often in neighborhoods throughout New Jersey. As your professional roofing services provider, 1 800 Roof Plus wants you to know that you should be very skeptical of unsolicited salespeople pushing their roofing services. Keep reading to find out why.
Many Companies Use Scams To Sell Roofing Services
“One of the biggest scams in the roofing industry involves the door-to-door salesman who shows up unannounced with the promise of a free roof,” explains Angie’s List. These roofing services companies show up in neighborhoods that are known to have a large number of senior citizens, old homes, or have recently weathered a large rain, wind, or hail storm. Their goal? Convince you that you need roofing replacement services so they can collect a juicy check from your homeowners insurance company.
Signs You’re Signing Up For Sketchy Roofing Services
If an unknown roofing contractor shows up at your door, listen for one of the tell-tale signs that you’re being offered sketchy roofing services. Or you can just listen to your cat and ignore the knock. She’s usually right about this stuff.
They Offer A Free Roofing Inspection – This is the first and biggest red flag. The truth is that if you’re dealing with a reputable roofing contractor, the inspection of your roof’s condition should ALWAYS be free.
They Ask About Your Roofing Insurance – If the second question out of their mouth is about the extent of your roofing insurance, and the last time you may a homeowner’s insurance claim, you can be sure they’re making sure that you’re a profitable mark.
They’re Up On Your Roof For A Long Time – It only takes a few minutes for an experienced roofing contractor to spot the need for repairs. If it seems like they’re up there for a long time, it could be because they’re searching for a needle in a haystack (or planting it).
“Under the disguise of a free roof inspection, the scammer will go up on the roof and fabricate damage to mimic storm damage, or present a photo showing roof damage from a different home and claim it came from the homeowner’s roof,” continues Angies List.
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