Residents Warned To Watch for Travelling Contractors To Repair Storm Damage

Due to the continuous storms have brought flooding, strong winds and hail damage throughout Wisconsin, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is advising affected property owners to seek trusted contractors like Quality Foundation Repair – repair contractor and to be leery of “storm chasers” that come knocking at your door with aggressive sales tactics.

The Department is advising residents to always use caution when interacting with storm chasers that show up at your door in the aftermath of a storm, never let them into your home, and do not give in to high-pressure pitches. For example, if you know that your roof is in need of repairs then don’t pay a high price for the traveling contractors to do a rushed job. It’s better to look for a company like The Roof Clinic that can supply references and reasonable prices. Don’t be fooled by the storm chasers’ aggressive selling.

Residents are being warned to start their search for a contractor by seeking references from neighbors, friends, family, local home builder associations, and your insurance company. Residents can also contact DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7128) to check on complaints against a business.

Consider these tips if you seek help with a home repair after a major storm:

In addition, a Wisconsin state law – “The Storm Chaser Law” – aims to protect consumers, businesses and prevent insurance fraud. Highlights of the law include:

  • Contractors cannot promise to pay all or some of a property insurance deductible.
  • Contractors cannot represent or negotiate with the customer’s homeowner’s insurer on behalf of the customer. The contractor can, with the consent of the customer, discuss damages and costs with the insurer.
  • Before entering into a contract with a customer, the contractor must inquire if the work requested is related to an insurance claim.
  • Customers have a right to cancel the contract within three business days of being notified that their insurer has denied all or any part of the claim for work. Contractors must notify customers of this right.