The aftermath of Hurricane Irma has left many of us in need of home repairs. Fortunately, Brevard County was spared the worst of the storm and here at A Mother’s Touch Movers, we are incredibly grateful. We have had the privilege of assisting so many residents of Melbourne, FL and beyond with their commercial and residential moves. We have helped move seniors into assisted living facilities. We have been a part of transitions and fresh starts. Melbourne is our home and we are proud to be a part of this community. Despite being spared the worst of the storm, undoubtedly some of you will need some assistance with small repairs. Missing shingles, fallen fences, downed limbs, and debris are just some of the issues you may be facing. Storms of this nature bring out the best in people… along with the worst in some. There are shady repair men out there who feed off of opportunities such as this, and we do not want to see you lose money on faulty repairs. Here are some ways to avoid getting scammed!
According to Home Advisor, there are several types of home improvement fraud and many of them start with an unsolicited knock at your door. Beware of anyone who shows up uninvited to your home and offers a great deal. Scammers who prey on those needing repairs often misrepresent themselves from the start. Many times unsavory contractors will ask for money upfront. NEVER give a company money before they complete the repair. If you sign a contract, make sure you get a copy. Scammers will often try and change their terms but if you have a written agreement you have a means to defend yourself.
You will have several options when it comes to choosing contractors. Before you make your decision, do your homework. Check for licenses and registration. Make sure the company you are considering has good standing with the Better Business Bureau. You can also check sites such as Angie’s List and Home Advisor. They do their own vetting and contractors from these sites can generally be trusted. Ask anyone you know who has had similar repairs done to get their opinions. Research your options and take your time making final decisions. A legitimate contractor should never rush your decision by pressuring you into a commitment before you are ready.
No matter the size of your repair, we are glad you are safe and want you to stay that way. Beware of contractors offing promises that sound too good to be true. Do your research and ask all the questions you need to feel comfortable.