After a catastrophe strikes, policyholders have to conquer the steps necessary to repair damaged property and hire a contractor. When beginning the process, strangers might approach you with construction contracts and promises that seem too good to be true. Don’t sign a contract with anyone pressuring you to do so – policyholders should always take the time to look into potential contractors before any work gets started.
Tips for Selecting your Contractor:
1. You should only employ a contractor who is licensed and insured. Check their license here.
2. Ensure the contractor and his employees are on-site during the job.
3. Do not accept a contract based on a verbal or written agreement unless it includes detailed explanations of all materials and labor expenses and a detailed description of the work to be performed.
4. You should only hire a company with proof of its industry professional expertise, manufacturer certifications, association memberships, training and adequate experience in the industry.
5. Research the company you are considering with a phone call or a Google search. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to determine what others say about the company.
6. Use contractors who guarantee their work.
7. Use contractors with a valid business address who have been in business for a significant time.
8. Professional, trustworthy contractors do not force people to sign contracts. Many storm-chasing contractors employ salespeople who will never return. They use expert sales professionals who get people to sign contracts and bring in others to perform work.
Before hiring a contractor, always ask the company:
- Who will be performing the work?
- Who will be the job supervisor?
- Who will be the project manager?
- When will the work start?
- When will the job be finished?
- What are the payment terms?
It’s crucial to do research before hiring a restoration contractor. If something doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t. Never settle for something that makes you feel uncomfortable, especially if it is about fixing your hurricane-damaged property.
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