Detecting Water Restoration Scams
just experienced a calamity usually want their homes restored immediately so
that they can go back to living their normal lives. Because of the urgency by
which they want things to be done, there are water restoration companies
that take advantage of their vulnerability and victimize the homeowners with various
One of the most
common ways by which companies take advantage of homeowners is by charging
exorbitant fees for simple water damage restoration services. These companies
usually send someone to check on the condition of the home. After evaluating
the damage that the flood or the fire has caused the home, they will insist on
doing the work immediately. They will give you reasons such as how leaving the
water in your home will cause further damage, how the insurance will refuse to
pay for the services if you do not act immediately and other reasons to justify
starting the water damage restoration the same day that they evaluated the
situation in your home.
companies will not provide a written cost estimate and will just tell you the
cost estimates verbally. Then they tell you that there is possibly more work
that will be needed as they go along with the project. Sometimes they will
provide costing as they go along but will not explain all the work clearly and
the equipment involved. They make the services appear more complicated than
they really are so that the homeowner will not complain about the fees being
charged by the water damage restoration company. These companies convince you
to hire them immediately because the insurance will pay for their services
anyway. They then do very simple services and charge very high fees.
If a company
refuses to give a clear cost estimation even after the representative has made
an extensive inspection of your home, then do not sign up for the service.
Being the homeowner, you should at least get an idea how much the water damage
restoration will cost you. You should get quotations or pricelists from two or
three restoration companies.
You should also
check if the company charges a high amount for the evaluation of the damage.
Some companies charge minimal fees for this while there are companies charge
expensive rates just for visiting your home to check for damage. Charging an
exorbitant amount for the site visit guarantees them instant income even if
they do not have to perform any more services for you.
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