Looking Out for Each Other
As brothers and sisters in Christ, it is important that we all look out for each other and take care of one another, particularly to those who are elderly or vulnerable in other ways. There are people in the world that are eager to take advantage of those who are not alert. As St. Paul noted in his letter to the Romans:
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who
cause dissensions and offences … such people do not serve
our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk
and flattery they deceive …” (Romans 8:17, 18)
Anyone who has lived in North Texas knows that the spring is an active weather season. While spring is normally a delightful time that highlights renewal and growth, springtime can also be a time when the weather can turn violent. March, April and May are typically the months that present the highest risk for storm-related damage.
One concern that we should watch out for at this time of the year are scam artists. These folks tend to come out to our neighborhoods after a hail or wind storm. Note below some pointers to consider when hiring someone to repair storm damage:
- Trust your insurance agent to offer you sound advice on repairs and recommendations for legitimate repair companies. Your agent should be working on behalf of your interests.
- Ask to see the company’s certificates of insurance and see if they are endorsed for the work they are promoting.
- Don’t hire a roofing contractor who knocks on your door following a storm. Most legitimate roofing contractors do not conduct business in this way.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau to check for complaints filed against the company your are considering hiring.
- Don’t be pushed into signing a contract nor sign a contract with blank spaces left unfilled.
- Never pay a contractor in full or sign a completion certificated until all the work is completed.
- When in doubt, don’t! Ask a trusted friend for advice and guidance.
Let’s keep each other safe in order that we may continue to be witnesses of God’s grace and glory.