Avoiding South Tampa Contractor and Home Improvement Scams
The City of Tampa has some solid resources to help you avoid scams in the wake of Hurricane Irma. After the storm, people across the city will have the need to make repairs that they simply can not do themselves.
Home improvement and contractor scams have historically been some of the most common consumer complaints tracked by national groups, as contractors can fail to start or complete jobs.
The Tampa Bay Times warns that scams are everywhere after a natural disaster.
Here are some tips from the City of Tampa to ensure that you protect yourself from some of the most common scams involving contractors and home repair in Florida.
- You can avoid many pitfalls by using a licensed contractor to conduct home improvement and repairs to your home.
- You should know that a contractor license is not the same as an occupational license.
- In Florida, by law, a contractor’s license number must appear on any business proposal or contract.
- A contractor’s license number conspicuously and legibly displayed on the vehicles marked as business vehicles.
- License status and disciplinary history may be checked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at MyFloridaLicense.com
Common scams can target anyone… the elderly, uninformed, young and the inexperienced. Common offers revolve around roofing, which will be very popular due to the recent storm. Be very wary of door-to-door solicitors claiming to have “just finished a job down the street.” Especially, if they arrive in unmarked vehicles, from out-of-state.
The city website at www.tampagov.net has tips on How to find a Reputable & Reliable Contractor and Dealing with a Contractor. Simple tips like asking to see a state contractor’s license and avoiding contractors who require advance payment can save you thousands of dollars and the stress and hassle of being disappointed by unscrupulous and/or unlicensed contractors who might not have have the skill or desire to properly complete the work that you may need to be done to your property.
Before you spend thousands on home repairs stemming from Hurricane Irma
Make sure you have a written quote and understand any contract presented by any contractor. Don’t do business with contractors that object to reasonable provisions for consumer protections.
Also, before you make the final decision to make repairs, find out what your property might be worth to a builder. If you were already thinking of selling an older, smaller home in South Tampa, you can quickly get a cash offer from a builder where you won’t need to worry about commissions, repairs or closing costs by giving us a call at 813-784-4199 or visiting our website at SouthTampaTeardowns.com
My name is Robert Wilson, I’m the Director of Dirt at EXIT Bayshore Realty. One of the reasons people choose to work with me and sell to a South Tampa builder is that they don’t want to spend the cash to replace the roof or complete other repairs to a property.
Perhaps you will find that you would be better off selling a South Tampa property badly damaged by Hurricane Irma to a builder and moving on. If you would like a no-obligation cash offer to determine what your best option might be, please give me a call today, 813-784-4199.