Severe storms can cause significant damage inside and outside your home, particularly storms that involve hail. After a bad storm, homeowners often find themselves overwhelmed by the hail damage repair they need to get done, which can lead to recklessly rushing through the repair process.
Here are some common mistakes to avoid when tackling storm damage repair:
Not Screening Your Contractor
Panicking is never good because it can cause you to make rash decisions. Some contractors — infamously called “storm chasers” — are notorious for taking advantage of anxious homeowners whose homes have just been damaged by bad weather. They move from town to town following the path of a storm and offer their services for a suspiciously low price. This results in cheap material, rushed repairs and insurance tampering since they won’t stick around to honor any warranties for their products or services. The best way to avoid them is to calm down and take time to hire professionals from reputable local companies with storm damage repair services.
Doing the Repairs on Your Own
It may seem easy when you look it up online and find instructional videos, but DIY home repairs aren’t advisable, for important reasons. One of those reasons is insurance validity. Some companies do not accept insurance claims from damage made by DIY repairs.
Another reason is safety. You likely don’t have the proper materials or gear to handle major home damage. Roof shingle replacement and siding repair may seem easy, but it takes a professional to deliver reliable results. Experts know how to handle roof problems because of their training and experience.
Waiting Too Long
Neglecting damage or postponing repairs for too long won’t do you any good. Once you spot major damage on your home after a storm, you should immediately address the issue before it worsens.
Colonial Remodeling, a leading home remodeling company, has the best people to help you with your repairs. We always aim to improve your home for better living. You can talk to us at (703) 822-7222 (Virginia) or fill out our contact form for a free project estimate. We serve homeowners in Northern VA and nearby areas.