In 2010, Hailstorms in the United States caused nearly $10 billion in property damage to homes across the country. The vast majority of these storms took place from March through September.
Due to the sheer volume of damage and demand for roof(and siding, gutters, etc) replacement after a storm, local contractors cannot meet the needs of homeowners after a storm. A new type of contractor has emerged: “the stormchaser”. Highly mobile, moving state to state and responding to homeowners demand created by storms. These contractors are licensed in every state in which they work, or will sometimes create a business partnership with a local roofer and perform all the business within that state under their name.
Contractors, however, are only part of the process. Marketing and sales for this industry are just as important and the vast majority of contractors subcontract this portion out to independent sales agents who represent them throughout the year. These independent sales agents act as the mediator between the homeowner and the insurance companies. It is their job to ensure the homeowner gets what he or she deserves from the insurance company for their homes.
A stormer is technically self-employed – a 1099 contractor – who is under contract with the construction contractor to represent him to the marketplace.
Typically, stormers are on the road for 3-4 weeks at a time and work Monday-Saturday. When they are on the road the primary reason for being out there is to work so typically the work load is pretty intense. Their mornings are generally spent doing administrative duties and their afternoons and evenings are spent selling, because that’s when homeowners tend to be more available. They do, however, enjoy the opportunity to take months of vacation during the winter, during the off-season unless the contractor has a storm site that allows them to run an efficient storm team all year long.
Imagine how you might live, if you had $100k-$200k per year and 2-3 months off to enjoy it. If you can envision this fitting your own lifestyle, there’s an enormous amount of work out there for you. If you’re ready to commit, feel free to contact us.