Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 24, 2011
Associated Press reports on one set of storms with twisters in October: “Fifteen homes in Bellemont were so badly damaged that they were uninhabitable and the estimated 30 people who lived in them were evacuated.”
With this type of extreme weather come the predators looking to prey on innocent homeowners with storm damage for their own gain. These companies prey on victims of any type of tragedy but mostly storm damage, and weather like this winter brings them out in droves. Arizona’s Attorney General Terry Goddard warned citizens of the danger of unsolicited contractors going door-to-door offering help with repairs or cleanup after one of the state’s worst storms ever.
Mr. Goddard says, “From the tornadoes that touched down around Flagstaff to the golf ball-size hail that fell in parts of Phoenix, these were unusually powerful storms that damaged many homes and vehicles. We know from past experience that scam artists will try to take advantage of people coping with damage to their property. I urge residents to be extremely careful if they are approached by an unsolicited contractor or anyone else offering to make repairs."
The Attorney General advised homeowners to shop around and get written estimates from at last three people. He said they should get a list of references and check with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.
On the list of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, Associated Finishes, Inc. have been sought out to examine some of the worst examples of abuse by shady contractors. On one such occasion, Associated Finishes was contacted by a north Scottsdale homeowner who , following the Attorney General’s advice, was suspicious and seeking a second opinion.
The previous Contractor told the homeowner that insurance would cover the costs. With the high price tag, the homeowner called for a second opinion. When Associated Finishes inspected the stucco damage to the home, they found only minimal damage to the stucco which amounted to some stress cracking to parapet tops. When the homeowner requested Associated Finishes to prepare a price to repair the home, the representative explained to the homeowner that the cracks could be done as homeowner maintenance and that there was no need to hire a contractor Taking it upon himself, the representative from Associated Finishes agreed as a friendly gesture and a good neighbor to bring the next day the materials and instructions on how to repair these cracks, saving the homeowner money.
The homeowner received two visits from Associated Finishes at no cost to them as well as materials to do their own repairs, all with the assurance that Associated Finishes would be back to do repairs if the homeowner didn’t feel comfortable doing the repairs themselves. . According to Mike a vice president of Associated Finishes, “this type of service is not uncommon when dealing with our company”.
About Associated Finishes:
As a trade contractor, Associated Finishes has had the privilege of servicing some of the finest General Contractors and homeowners in the Phoenix area and they have been doing so since 1965. They would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with a quote on your current projects.
Associated Finishes, Inc., has earned the reputation of being a drywall and stucco trade contractor of uncompromising quality and service. The fact that they have maintained valued relationships with the same builders and contractors for decades is a testament to their stability and commitment. Associated Finishes is a successful company with excellent credit references and a proven track record in safety.
For more information contact Associated Finishes, Inc. at http://www.associatedfinishes.com