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After a destructive weather event there will often be companies that make their way to the area to assist in the rebuilding of your community. Sometimes damage is obvious.  You will see missing shingles, or holes made by the impact of very large hail.  Unfortunately much of the damage is not so easy to see. Fortunately severe weather contractors who specialize in helping communities rebuild will be there to help.  These companies will have representatives going door to door and offering to do an inspection of your property.  This is called canvassing, and is simply the initiation of direct contact with homeowners who may need their services.   Unfortunately both good and bad contractors canvass. 

It is recommended that you choose carefully who does the inspection of your home.  Often there will be several restoration companies working in a neighborhood.  It is not unusual for all of the different companies to knock on your door.  You should take a little time and find out some information about the company, their history, and their process in handling weather damage repairs.  If you don’t have a good feeling after talking with the representative for a few minutes, it is time to walk away.  You should never feel like if you do not work with one company that your roof will not get done.  There are plenty of options in the market, and making the wrong decision in choosing a restoration company can be a costly mistake.

One of the key benefits to having trained representative knock on your door is the likely hood of unknown damage being discovered.  It is not true that what you can’t see can’t hurt you.  Storm damage is a growing concern for mortgage, and insurance companies.  Often times when a homeowner wants to change insurance carriers the new company will perform a pre-policy inspection.  The same may be true when selling your home.  The buyer’s mortgage company will often perform the same type of review.  If storm damage is discovered this puts the sale of the home, or the new policy in jeopardy.   Depending on the amount of time that has elapsed since the damage was caused, the cost of the repairs may fall to the homeowner.  This can cost homeowners tens of thousands of dollars for damage that would have been discovered if the property had been inspected by a professional.

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