A warning for the thousands of people whose homes may have hail damage. Beware of the so-called "storm chasers.” Not the Omaha baseball team, but shoddy repair companies that bounce from town to town following storms.
If you live in the western part of the metro where there was a lot of hail damage this week, be careful, do your homework and make sure you go with a reliable local company.
Brent Cizek is with Total Roofing, which has done business in the metro for 17 years. He's pretty easy to find. "We do some advertising in phone books, we don’t do a whole lot of advertising, we are word of mouth, referral-based business."
After Tuesday night’s hailstorm, Brent has been busy, but so have the storm chasers who move into town right after the storm to take advantage of the situation. Channel 6 News talked to a storm chaser insider who didn’t want to use her name. She has a warning for homeowners about storm chasers.
“There’s been some states they work in and they're not even licensed and they might not even have the proper insurance. Then if something were to happen it could fall on the homeowner’s insurance. They can put the homeowner in a terrible situation, not having the proper insurance documents for the subcontractor, some of the subcontractors can be illegal.”
Storm chasers offer low prices and fast repairs while often using high pressure tactics. They move in and out of town quickly, just like the storm itself and many times their victims are the elderly. “They feel like it’s an easy sell, the elderly won’t always have the Internet or go through the trouble, they can be a little more trusting.”
It’s a good idea to call the Better Business Bureau and do a little homework before hiring someone to do repair work on your home.