When Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, hit the entire eastern seaboard in the US almost two years ago, one of the worst hit communities was Ocean County, New Jersey. Countless commercial buildings and houses were severely damaged and the hurricane made a huge negative impact not just on the economy, but also with most residents’ lives.
This massive weather occurrence weakened to just category 1 when it landed Stateside but it still delivered strong winds and heavy rains that caused devastation. Until now, almost 2 years after the deluge, some residents are still in the process of rebuilding their homes and their lives.
Yet local government officials are warning residents to take precautions in choosing contractors to repair homes as there are reports that some scammers are lurking the area, taking advantage of the distressing situation some homeowners are currently in. Case in point:
Hurricane Sandy still haunts New Jersey residents, but not in the way you might expect.
David Bauer of Toms River was arrested on Monday by investigators in the office of Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.
He’s accused of accepting $40,000 and failing to complete renovations he was contracted to make on a Sandy damaged home in the township’s Ocean Beach section.
Bauer is charged with theft by deception and with violation of the Contractor’s Registration Act.
Authorities say Bauer began repairing the home in July 2013 and suddenly vacated the project after receiving the $40,000 payment.
The Ocean County Economic Crimes Unit also contends that Bauer is not a registered contractor and never drew any permits for the renovations.
In light of this, what homeowners should do to avoid being victimized by these unscrupulous characters is to only hire reputable contractors. There are actually a lot of registered roofing, window, door, remodelling, and siding contractors in Ocean County NJ; you just have to choose the one that you can trust the most.
All County Exteriors, for instance, is a contractor you can surely rely on. With more than 30 years of experience tucked in our pockets, most residents gave their full trust on us with their home improvement needs. We offer only the highest quality in roofing and siding in Ocean County NJ and ensure that we have the most dependable, highly-skilled crew. Other services offered are windows & doors, repairs, sunrooms, porches & decks, and complete makeovers.
(Article Excerpt from Contractor accused of scamming Sandy struck homeowners