Beware of “Storm Chaser” Renovation Scams in Houston

Hurricane HarveyNine months after Hurricane Harvey dropped enough rain on Houston to make the Earth’s crust sink roughly two centimeters, many homeowners in our area are still working to recover from one of the most devastating weather events in recent memory. In the days and weeks following the storm, you didn’t have to look far to find inspiring stories about Houstonians banding together to help one another. Since then, however, some dishonest “storm chasers” have used the hurricane damage as an opportunity to scam homeowners out of their hard-earned savings.

These con artists typically masquerade as contractors who offer to renovate storm-damaged homes, but after doing the demolition work and collecting their first payment, they leave town never to be heard from again. These scams tend to target elderly homeowners who may be more inclined to trust contractors without doing preliminary research to verify their credentials. Worst of all, the people who fall victim to these scams often don’t have enough money left over to hire a legitimate contractor to finish the renovations.

We’ve spoken to several homeowners who have been taken advantage of in this manner, so we wanted to bring it to our clients’ attention as well. Be sure to always check a contractor’s credentials before you hire them, and do some research on sites like the Better Business Bureau to make sure they have a good reputation. Finally, remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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