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Jul 18, 2019
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Door Knocking Contractors-Buyer Beware

We’ve all heard phrases such as “seize the moment” and “the early bird gets the worm”.  Recent situations that these terms apply to are the hail storms that swept through a large portion of the Twin Cities earlier today.  Naturally, when an occurrence like this happens, it’s one’s first instinct to restore their property as quickly as possible.  Taking advantage of this mentality are contractors from all over the country who packed up their pickup trucks and set their GPS coordinates for Minneapolis/St. Paul, banking on the fact that homeowners are in a stressful situation and may take less precautions than they normally would when screening a potential contractor if the work was something that they’d been saving and planning on for years.  One of the tactics that these storm chasing contractors are using is going door to door in affected neighborhoods promising homeowners everything under the sun to get them to sign on the dotted line.  Now, we’re not saying that someone knocking on your door, offering storm restoration assistance is always a predator.  Not at all, in fact, when our estimators have been out on bids, they’ve oftentimes stopped at a neighbor’s property to check to see if they are in need of a bid as well.  What we are saying is that, storm damage already places stress on a homeowner and it can certainly seem like it’s taking the path of least resistance by signing with the first company that shows up at your door to give you an estimate, but we caution you to use the below screening tools when encountering a contractor knocking on your door soliciting business.

Ask “What City Were You Last In”? Scary but true, many storm chasers go from city to city ripping off home owners.  While they may not admit that they were recently in neighboring states for their hailstorms earlier this summer and have pending lawsuits, when you ask them for local references for work performed within the last 6 months, they will be unable to produce them.  Asking for identification and being shown a driver’s license from a non-adjoining state should also be a red flag that you are not dealing with someone local.

Insurance Endorsed Contractors: As a homeowner, you have the right to choose the contractor that performs your insurance restoration work.  Some insurance companies have preferred service providers that they strongly recommend and in some cases, even guarantee to back their work, if performed incorrectly.  Sounds great on paper, until you realize that it is to the contractor’s benefit to perform minimal work as cheaply as possible so that the insurance company continues to send them work.  Protect yourself by doing your own homework and going with the first person that knocks on your door.hail

Contractors Who Pay Your Deductible, Offer Discounts and/or Rebates on Insurance Restoration Work: In the state of Minnesota, it is illegal for a contractor to pay your insurance deductible.  Additionally, the MN Department of Labor prohibits the discounting of any insurance restoration work on your home.  Kickbacks or rebates from a contractor are also not permissible.  Anyone who offers to do any of this should be reported to the Better Business Bureau or MN Department of Labor.

Every Reputable Contractor Should Be Able to Readily Provide:

  • Local references (Don’t forget to verify reputation on sites such as the Better Business Bureau)
  • Proof of insurance (without this, if one of their workers is injured on the job site, you may be held liable for their injuries.)
  • A local address (not a PO Box)

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The Bottom Line: There are three components of every construction job: the time it takes to do, the cost and the quality of workmanship.  It is highly improbable that you will ever get the best of all three (if you’re being offered this, go through the bid with a fine toothed comb to make sure you’re not being duped.)  Good things happen to those who wait, especially when it comes to insurance claims.  Take a deep breath, do some research and allow yourself to make a well-informed and not emotional decision.  Continue to ask questions until you feel completely comfortable with the contractor you’re entrusting your home improvement to.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Storm Damage Restoration: 

Our Storm Damage Restoration Projects:

Storm Damage Restoration Reviews:

"Had Lindus re-shingle our roof this summer following a hail storm and while I don't know much about roofing I do know a lot about customer service and they were excellent. Easy to trust a company that is honest and dedicated to their work. I have also referred them to two neighbors who have also used them with equally satisfying results."

Howard J.
White Bear Lake, MN
December 10, 2018

"After having LeafGuard® gutters installed by Lindus a few years ago we suffered hail damage in 2017 and went to Lindus not only for the gutter replacement but also for the re-roof. While re-roofing they identified and replaced several panels of plywood roof sheathing which over time had de-laminated. Beautiful job, thorough clean-up.  Since we went with LeafGuard®, we have not had any problems with leaves, pine needles and "helicopters" which previously filled and clogged our gutters."

Jerry H.
Stillwater, MN
December 8, 2018

"Had my roof (shingles, soffit, fascia, and gutters) replaced by Lindus two years ago and am very pleased with the quality of their work. When hail came through a year later I called and they came out and did an inspection to make sure everything was OK.

Clifford L.
Red Wing, MN
August 31, 2018

"We were extremely pleased with the professional and quality service provided by Lindus Construction when they replaced our hail-damaged roof and gutters. We highly recommend them."

Vicki G.
New Richmond, Wi
August 31, 2018

"Service Rep, Jason, was excellent. He worked with our insurance company to get the cost of replacement handled under our homeowners insurance. Installers were prompt, kept on task and cleaned up the work site - great job!!!"

Cheryl L.
Maple Grove, MN
February 12, 2018

"We asked Lindus to give us an estimate on replacing our skylights. While they were on the roof checking out the skylights, they noticed we had hail damage. Thanks to their thoroughness, we knew to file a claim with our insurance company and they covered the cost of a new roof, skylights and gutters. Lindus was very fast (the roof and windows were done in a day) very clean....we did not find a single nail in our yard...and everyone was so courteous. I would use them again without hesitation!"

Jill F.
Minneapolis, MN
January 7, 2018
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