Storm chasers are people who go to a city that has recently suffered damage from a hurricane or another natural disaster and promise to repair buildings at a fraction of the cost. Some of these storm chasers seek to genuinely do good deeds, such as one man who recently ventured into North Carolina to help people impacted by Hurricane Florence. However, there are plenty of storm chasers just looking to make a quick buck while doing shoddy work. 

When your house has sustained damage after a big storm, you need to go through your insurance company every time. Even though there may be hassles along the way, it is preferable to dealing with storm chasers. If you have been a victim of a natural disaster, follow these steps to protect yourself: 

Seek out contractors recommended by your insurance company

You have no idea what a storm chaser's qualifications are. These contractors will likely not provide you with references that you can get in touch with to learn how good they really are. However, insurance companies will tell you which contractors in your area you can hire to fix your home. Always go with these recommendations because you can be confident the insurance agency has worked with them before and depend on them to do good work. 

Avoid high-pressure sales

No reputable contractor will try to force you into a sale. One tactic many storm chasers implement involves offering you a deal that sounds too good to be true, but you have to hire them right on the spot. It is natural to want time to think it over, so do not be afraid to refuse service from someone trying to force you into something. 

Do not let storm chasers into your home

While it is rare, some storm chasers will even create damage to get more work. You should not allow someone into your home who does not come from a reputable company. Your insurance company will not cover any damage the storm chaser created.

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