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3 Ways to Avoid Being Scammed by Fake Storm Damage Cleanup Firms After a Storm

November 17th, 2016 · No Comments

A storm can cause significant damage to your home in Fairfield, NJ, or anywhere in northern New Jersey. Unfortunately, after a disaster such as a storm, fraudsters generally surface and try to scam you while you’re trying to cope with your loss and find a company to provide storm damage cleanup services. To avoid falling prey to a scam and ensure you’re working with a real disaster restoration firm and not a con artist, you need to stay alert as well as ask the right questions.

In this context we will look at some of the steps you can take to prevent being scammed.


Check Company Information

Before signing a contract with any cleanup or restoration company, you need to check the validity of the details provided by the firm, such as:

  • Name of the firm
  • Contact numbers
  • Local and registered office address
  • Industry references and references of previous work perform in the region

In addition to checking company details, you also need to ask the firms to provide photocopies of their certificate of insurance and business license, and take the time to check and ensure the documents are valid and current.


Ask for the Contract in Writing

You need to ensure that whatever has been discussed verbally between you and the storm damage cleanup firm is put into a written contract which clearly specifies the scope of the work. It can be a big and costly mistake to rely on word-of-mouth and believe that whatever has been promised by the firm will actually be done.


Payments for the Cleanup Task

Final payment for the restoration work should only be made after all the work as specified in the contract has been completed and you are satisfied with the work.

Avoid being pushed into making any decision in a hurry. For instance, if the work is finished in the evening when it is relatively dark, you need to ask the restoration firm to return the next morning so you can inspect their work and feel comfortable it meets the conditions of the contract before making the payment.

Moreover, when making a payment, use your credit card or a check, and never pay in cash. By paying through check or credit card you will have a proof of payment and can get some protection in case a future problems arises.

If your home has been damaged by a storm and you are searching for an experienced firm for storm damage cleanup, contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan.

We have the required experience and knowledge of the essential tasks to be performed for the complete cleanup and restoration of your home after a storm.

All you have to do is give us a call on our disaster restoration helpline – (855) 560-7999. Our technicians will immediately respond to your home in Fairfield, NJ, or anywhere in northern New Jersey, to assess the extent of damage and begin the tasks of cleanup and recovery.

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