Whether you’re planning a much-anticipated remodeling project or facing repairs to fix damage from a storm, hiring a contractor can be a daunting and nerve-wracking task. While most contractors are trustworthy, some are guilty of taking advantage of vulnerable homeowners – especially when the repairs involve an insurance claim.
You’ve taken the precautions to make your home resistant to wildfire by installing non-combustible siding and roofing, removing all wood attachments, managing vegetation and landscaping and providing adequate defensible space, yet you may still be at risk.
When businesses and homeowners are desperate for help to repair and rebuild after a disaster such as a hurricane, tornado or wildfire, they seek assistance from anyone who will offer help. Unfortunately, there are scammers who prey on those emotions and take advantage of good people in their darkest hour.
Growing up, I loved reading the tale of “The Three Little Pigs,” never thinking much of how the story could ever relate to my adult life. As an occupational hazard, I often think now of the second little pig: “How is he going to rebuild his house of sticks that the wolf blew down?”
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The 2020 hurricane season was one of the most active seasons in history, and weather experts predict 2021 will be similar. While hurricanes continue to be among the most catastrophic weather events, the good news is that homeowners have effective and affordable options to help reduce damage.