What You Need to Know Before Deciding on a Restoration Contractor
There are so many wonderful things to owning your own home. It is where you celebrate milestones like birthdays and holidays with your loved ones. Your home is where you recharge your batteries from either work or school. Also, your home is where you get to carve out your little piece of the planet with your own interior design and style. Plus, it’s your safe place. You can be yourself, singing in the shower and walking around past noon in your pajamas.
However, the flipside of home ownership is maintenance. Even if you purchase a new or relatively new home, you will be faced with home repairs. If it’s not the plumbing, it’s electricity. And, if it’s not the roof, it’s the garage door opener. Owning a home is a full-time job. To keep your home in good condition it is crucial that you do regular home maintenance. Checking your heating, AC, plumbing, roof, electrical panels, and more regularly will help find a problem before it has reared its ugly head.
But, sometimes winds, storms, fires, and mold happen. For a homeowner, a disaster like a flood, hurricane, fire, and/or mold damage requires contacting professional Restoration Contractors. Before you decide on a restoration contractor, you need to know these four things.
Contact Your Home Insurance Company – What is Covered?
Not all home insurance policies nor companies are the same. Contact your home insurance company about your policy. You will receive details about how to file claims and exactly what is and what is not covered by your policy. Some disasters such as water damage and flooding require a special insurance policy.
Find Out if the Restoration Contractor is Licensed, Verified, and Insured
When deciding on a restoration contractor, you can select from local professionals, regional companies, or nationwide brands. However, the best bet is to not deal with any company, big or small, unless they can give you proof of: a current license with the government, a certification through specialized organizations like the Inspection Institute of Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and valid insurance to cover injuries on the job.
Get References and Photos from Previous Restoration Projects
Many companies can place testimonials and reviews on their websites, but are the references real, truthful, and accurate. Ask for references with contact information to reach out to previous restoration projects. In addition, it is always a good idea to see the work that a company has done in the past through pre and post photos.
Get a Written Contract
After you have done your due diligence, it is time to get everything in writing: timeline, insurance policy costs, your out of pocket costs, and if any other contractors or subcontractors will be assisting with the project. Home restoration is a lengthy process. Don’t rush on the decision. Make sure you feel comfortable with the terms and conditions.
When the worst happens, whether fire, wind, storms, or mold, be smart. First, make sure you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Secondly, find a professional team to restore your home. Since your home is your castle, ensure that you do the above before jumping in.