My fiancé and I had a disaster a few months ago where, in bad weather, we had a tree fall into the side of our house. One of our windows was smashed and it severely damaged the side and roof of our home. Luckily, no one was injured and we had some wood to keep the wind and rain out in the meantime. After making several calls to different home repair companies, we needed them to come and assess the damage. Once this had been done, we could have a clear picture of how possible it would be to repair and how long it would take. My wife and I cleared the debris but the house wasn’t in well enough condition for us to live in, so we stayed with her parents.
After a day we had a couple of inspectors from various companies survey the damage and give us an estimated price. Things weren’t looking good and we didn’t have the money for the repair work. After exclaiming this to one of the workers he told me in good faith that he knew a company that could fix this for a much cheaper fee. We got their contact details and got in touch.
After a couple of days a man from this company arrived, he summed up the repair work for us and told us a shockingly low fee for the repairs. Alarm bells began to ring for us at just how low the price was and if it was too good to be true. The man however, seemed friendly and nice so we decided to place our trust in him and gave him the money up-front for the repair work which would take an estimated two weeks.
Two weeks past and we returned to our home which we had been checking daily, however, much to our horror the house was not repaired. On the outside the house had been patched up nicely, but going inside, the roof was leaking, and the wall was rigid and jagged. We made some calls back to the company however much to our distaste there were no answers and no one to hear our pleas. They had taken our money and we were devastated at the work that had been done to our home.
We have learned from our mistakes and should have gone with our gut feelings at the beginning. We now had a well-known company come and make the repairs which ended costing more because of them amending the bad work of the previous worker.
Make sure you never pay up-front for repair work, there may be a down payment but always make sure you are satisfied with the job done before you pay in full. Please learn from our mistakes and don’t trust standalone workers offering a cheaper solution to the bigger companies.