Hail Storms / Storm Chasers
As a contractor, here is my advice when propositioned by a storm chaser, or high pressure insurance adjuster. WAIT!!! As in don't hire anyone to do your roof for a minimum of 3 months, maybe up to six months.
You got to wait the ### out. And don't think it is as simple as hiring a "local" contractor.
Here is how the scam works: The out-of-town fly-by-night Stormchaser, "rents" the locals name and phone number for thousands of dollars ($50, 000 or more. Big Bucks). They then move their operation in. And what an operation it is!! 20 salesmen!! 10 roofing !! And you thought that were calling Joe's Local Roofing Co. to replace your roof!!
Well Joe will be there after the storm... to clean up the mess. And if he is smart he will shut his doors and take the money and skip town too. Or he will ... be cleaning up the mess. And suddenly that $50, 000 "payoff" will turn out to be peanuts as he will be paying out of pocket to repair the hack jobs until he is broke and brokedown.
The approach of these low lifes is to move fast. They move in quickly while the insurance money is flowing. The "roofing salesmen" after all, are not salesmen. They are order takers. Tin men. Con men. Last season's insurance adjusters (as if that makes them credible!) They are zipping around beating the honest contractors and honest homeowners before the community knows what has hit them!
Hell has been unleashed and they are feeding on the people in born GREED. Yard signs saying:1-800-free-roof.
Think I am kidding?
So the best solution for a community is to not hire ANYONE for a few months while these parasites die from inactivity.Take the time to work with someone you can trust to deal with the insurance company, a local contractor who has roots in the community. Yes he'll be busy and may not get to you for a while, but MOST hail damage does not constitute an emergency.
When you get your insurance check, deposit it in the bank and wait for the leeches to leave town. They will.