Don’t Get Ripped Off By Stormchasers

With Hurricane Harvey over, the real work begins. And I know a lot of you guys were affected by the hurricane but that doesn’t mean you have to be affected by your general contractors as well.

Don’t get ripped off by stormchasers!

Since the storm we’ve seen:

  • Various companies that now do “general contracting”. Heck, even my dry cleaner is trying to get in on general contracting work. (Literally, even my dry cleaner gave me a card saying he knows some guys and they could fix my roof for cheap.)
  • Crews popping up in Facebook groups that’ll do the contracting for cheap.
  • Out of towners coming in to take advantage of the wreckage that Harvey left.

It’s important to protect yourself when picking your general contractor, you don’t want to get screwed over by these fly by night stormchasing “companies”.

Why does it matter if you choose a local company vs. an out of towner?
Well, once they’re done here in Houston, they’re going to pack up and move onto Florida, Puerto Rico and beyond. If there are any issues with the work they’ve done, you’ll never hear from them again.

Some of these guys are truly here to help while some are here to make a quick buck. And that goes for all the new local general contractor crews that have been popping up on Facebook.

So, how can you spot a stormchaser?

  • Do they have a local business address?
  • Do they have proper insurance?
  • How long have they been in business?

During these trying times, yes, we definitely are watching our budgets but at the same time we want to make sure that the mold is removed properly so our kids don’t end up getting sick, the people in our homes are insured and that we have peace of mind that the job will be completed correctly.

If you guys need a resource of reputable contractors, cleaners, etc. you can check out Clutch City Cleanup. They also donate 10% of net profit to JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund.


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