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Tips to Outwit Even the Smartest of Roofing Scammers

Roof maintenance should be an invaluable part of your home’s regular maintenance, though sadly it is oftentimes neglected or overlooked. Over time, these minor dents, cracks or leaks will give way to more serious damage which will leave you with only one course left to do, hire a roofer. As you go out to search for roofing contractors, it is crucial to know that not all who claim to be professional roofers are the real thing.

Roofing scams have been reported across many states and the most common victims are those who are often unassuming such as the elderly, handicapped, or single mothers. This is why roofing experts have always stressed the importance of checking on the licenses and company backgrounds of your Oklahoma City roofers before hiring them.

How to Avoid Being Scammed: Information is key to avoid falling prey to these unscrupulous pretend roofers. The more you know about professional roofers, the more you will be able to differentiate the real one from the pseudo contractor. As per the Roofing OKC website, the red flag signs of a potential roof scammer includes:

1.Limited Offer Promos – Most con roofers lure in their customers via their limited time offer, this promotional ruse which gives customers an unbelievably low price is a simple way to pressure clients to sign the contract and hand over their down payment.

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2.Outright Payment – If a roofing contractor asks you to pay more than 10% of the total estimated cost, then be very cautious as you might be dealing with a fly by night roofer.

3.Questionable References – A good way to verify the credibility of a roofing contractor is to ask for a list of their past and current clients. If a roofer denies you this privilege, then move on to the next roofer on your list. If, on the other hand, your roofer gives you a list of references that are not from your area, then be very wary and opt for a trusted local contractor instead.

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