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AZ ROC: Avoid Contracting Scams During Monsoon Season

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As monsoon season begins tomorrow, the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) is urging homeowners to educate themselves on how to avoid contracting scams. Monsoon season in Arizona runs from June 15th through September 30th. While the 2024 season is expected to bring below-normal rainfall for most of Arizona, preparation is key, as severe storms can still cause significant damage to homes and properties.

During these times, some individuals exploit the situation, targeting unsuspecting homeowners with urgent repair scams. They often pressure homeowners into making hasty decisions, suggesting that repairs are urgently needed or that the cost will increase if they delay.

Here are essential tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of contracting scams during the monsoon season:

  1. Hire Licensed Professionals: Always ensure that any contractor you hire is licensed. This is your best defense against substandard work and potential fraud. Licensed contractors have met specific professional standards and are held accountable by regulatory agencies.
  2. Understand the Project Scope: Before agreeing to any work, make sure you have a clear understanding of what the project entails. This will help you avoid misunderstandings and ensure that the contractor delivers what is promised.
  3. Get Multiple Estimates: Obtain estimates from at least three licensed contractors. This will give you a sense of the fair market value for the work and help you spot any suspiciously low or high bids.
  4. Check Licenses: Use the free contractor search available at [www.roc.az.gov](https://www.roc.az.gov) to verify that a contractor's license is in good standing on the day you sign the contract. This is a critical step in ensuring you are working with a reputable professional.
  5. Be Wary of Door-to-Door Solicitors: Do not let door-to-door solicitors pressure you into making immediate decisions. Take your time to research and verify any claims they make.
  6. Avoid Cash Payments: Never pay in cash or sign over an insurance check directly to a contractor. Make checks payable to the company or individual listed in your signed contract. This provides a paper trail and ensures that your payments are going to the right place.

If you are ever in doubt about a contractor or need assistance, you can call the AZ ROC at 1-877-692-9762 (1-877-MY-AZROC). Always ask for the contractor's license number and check it using the contractor search atwww.roc.az.gov.

Stay informed and prepared this monsoon season to protect your home and avoid scams. By following these tips, you can ensure that any necessary repairs are handled professionally and safely.

For more information and updates, visit theAZ ROC website or contact them directly. Stay safe, San Tan Valley!

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