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How to Spot Fire Damage Cleanup Fraudsters in Wayne, NJ

January 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

If your Wayne, NJ home has been affected by a fire, it can be devastating. What do you do next? Contact the fire damage cleanup professionals at ServiceMaster Metropolitan to begin recovery and bring normalcy back to your home.


Unfortunately, there are fraudsters out there who prey upon people who are in desperate situations. How do you spot unscrupulous firms trying to scam you by taking advantage of the difficult situation you’re in? Keep reading to learn our top tips for spotting scammers.


Check for Complaints in Reviews


Shady businesses usually have a lot of complaints about their business practices. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if there are a number of consistent complaints. You can also check online review forums like Google and Yelp. While some negative reviews are common for any business, consistent issues should be evident and taken as a red flag.


Check Payment to Subcontractors


One shady tactic of scammer fire damage cleanup companies is not paying their subcontractors. If they fail to pay a subcontractor for services and/or supplies, the subcontractor can hold you accountable and put a lien on your home.


To avoid this shady tactic, request a sworn statement from the company stating they are responsible for all payments to all subcontractors. This is common practice, so a professional fire damage cleanup company will have this paperwork readily available. If the company resists or refuses, look elsewhere.


Avoid Paying Upfront


A big red flag is if a fire damage cleanup company requests payment upfront. This is not common practice and gives you no leverage should they do poor work or no work at all.


The final payment should be made after all the work is completed and approved by you and your insurance company.


Beware of Abnormally High Prices

Some companies may try to exploit the difficult situation you’re in and quote a much higher price than normal for their service. This type of strategy utilized by unscrupulous companies is known as price gouging.


To prevent this, get quotes from multiple companies so you can get an idea of the average cost for fire damage cleanup work.


Don’t Get Lured by Special Offers


Some companies try to lure business by offering special prices for their services. However, in return for a special price offer, they’ll ask you to provide your credit card number which can be exploited later on. Avoid these companies.


Other Things to Look For

  • Look for firms that agree to provide a price estimate in writing
  • Search for companies that are licensed and have worker’s compensation as well as general liability insurance
  • Find a fire damage cleanup firm with sufficient experience to tackle your specific fire damage scenario


The aftermath of a fire can be a confusing and overwhelming time. Know what to look for and don’t let fraudulent restoration companies take advantage of your situation.

 Find Fire Damage Cleanup Professionals You Can Count On

ServiceMaster Metropolitan is a licensed firm with trained, certified, and experienced technicians. We have the competency to perform fire damage cleanup work in the right manner in Wayne, NJ and all of northern New Jersey. When your home suffers fire damage, give us a call immediately at (855) 560-7999.

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