If Mother Nature didn’t do ample damage with heavy rains, lightning, and hail, get ready to weather another storm in the way of contractor scams. As if there wasn’t enough to deal with in terms of flooding, downed trees, torn-off shingles, and cracked siding, now you have to put your trust (and money!) in the hands of a complete stranger.
Simply put: A lot. When you need a contractor to help you respond to storm damage, the goal is to find someone who is skilled, licensed, insured, and fits your budget. However, some of what you might be presented with by contractors that aren’t up to snuff is just the opposite. The result could negatively end in permanent property damage, stolen money, and legal risk.
You might think, “I’d never get taken by a scammer.” Maybe that’s true. But in the interest of it’s better to be safe than sorry, beware of the following red flags to protect your personal, financial, and legal security.
but any contractor that doesn’t have a business address or uses P.O. boxes or hotel addresses is definitely cause for pause.
If you do decide to hire someone outside of the state in which you live, be sure you have in writing how the contractor will tend to any warranty repairs should they be needed.
You know the saying “go with your gut”? If something just feels off about a contractor, even in you can’t quite put your finger on it, trust the instinct. That may mean doing more homework to talk to contractors’ past clients or to read online reviews. Or it may mean abandoning one contractor in exchange for someone else.
Back in July of 2017 – most of Southern WI, including our service areas of Madison, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, Mount Horeb, Belleville, Monroe, Monticello, Bloomington, Fennimore, and many other surrounding WI communities were unexpectedly hit with a wave of thunderstorms, flash floods, and hail. Causing over a million dollars in water damages to commercial buildings, schools, and residential homes. It is in situations like this, that A&J Specialty Services DKI calls upon the “DKI Network”.
The DKI Network, or better known as DKI Commercial Solutions, is North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization. With over 550 locations throughout the United States and Canada, DKI has the highest service standards in the industry. When a disaster strikes, DKI can execute emergency services quickly and professionally.
When widespread storms or disasters strike Wisconsin, A&J can call in another DKI company to assist with storm damage clean up. In severe storm situations, such as this past July, we can call upon our DKI network to partner with local, established, and fellow DKI member companies, to assist in handling the water damaged properties that A&J needs assistance with. Below is the Case Study of how powerful the DKI Network is for not only A&J Specialty Services DKI but for Madison and Dane County area businesses and homeowners.
A&J Property Restoration DKI provides 24/7 emergency water restoration and sewage clean up for homes, businesses, and commercial buildings around Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Portage, Milwaukee, Brookfield, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, West Allis, and surrounding Dane County Wisconsin areas.