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As we’ve discussed many times on our blog, the property restoration field is full of unscrupulous providers. And we have further proof of that from a recent news story from My Fox Austin. From the article:
He says it was appealing when two people representing themselves as Castro Property Restoration told him free government money was available to restore his home. All he would need to do is sign a form and pay $99 dollars. They even offered to put him up in a hotel until the work was complete.
The article goes on to report:
By signing the forms, she unknowingly gave Castro Property Restoration power of attorney. She says they got $2,100 dollars from her insurance company.
In this case, an Austin restoration company actually convinced people to sign over their rights as homeowners in an effort to scam their insurance company. This might seem like a blatantly obvious scam, but it’s quite common and as you can see, it’s happened to people in Austin, TX.
We hate when we see these types of horror stories come out, but it helps serve as a good reminder for you to do your homework before selecting an Austin water damage company to work with. How long have they been in business? Are they certified by the IICRC and licensed to do the work? Do they have referrals they can provide? Do they back their services?
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