Water damage makes your living spaces uncomfortable, and in some instances risky to live in. Regardless of the cause of excess water in your building, the list of worries is endless - ranging from flooding in your home or business premises, damaged belongings as a result of being soaked in water, mold growth, to possible structural damage to your building. As such, you require the help of a qualified water mitigation contractor to clear the mess and make your home habitable again. Below are some basic tips to help you choose the right contractor.
A lot of consideration is required when selecting an ideal home restoration contractor to hire. Even though many homeowners are tempted to make this decision based on cost alone, there are many other factors that you should take into account. Here is a brief look at some of these factors.
There are many “contractors” out there masquerading as professionals. Such people will use any opportunity they get to make a quick buck from you. The easiest way to ensure that you only select a qualified water mitigation contractor is to verify that he/she has a valid contractor license, and that the license is up to date for the specific type of work that you need to be done to restore your home.
Water mitigation is hardly a one-man job. It requires the effort of various qualified professionals in order to effectively eliminate the excess water from your building structure, contain the water damage, carryout mold remediation, and restore your home to its original state. Note that some contractors specialize in only a few aspects of water mitigation, and thus may require to subcontract some of the services that you require for your project. On the other hand, the ideal contractor should be capable of handling the wide range of specialized equipment used in building restoration. As such, you should choose a professional water mitigation company that is sufficiently equipped and employs the right staff to handle all your needs.
In most jurisdictions, insurance is a prerequisite for any contractor. However, you must verify that your preferred water mitigation contractor is properly insured – at a minimum he/she should have worker’s compensation and general liability insurance cover. Contractor insurance covers you against any liability in case of any eventuality when the contractor or his/her employees are working at your home.
An ethical water mitigation contractor has no qualms in offering you a guarantee for his/her work. He/she is ready to stand behind his/her work, assuring you that all problems have been fixed. Without a workmanship warranty, a contractor may do a shoddy job, hoping that the problem recurs after some weeks. Other contractors are simply out to make a quick buck, and will disappear once they have been paid with no option of offering backup service. For this reason, it is important to get a written commitment from your contractor assuring you that he/she will deliver on their promise. It is also important to check the financial background of the contractor; ensure that he/she is financially stable and will remain in business in the foreseeable future to honor their warranty if need be.
Any credible professional must have affiliation to one or more relevant professional body. These organizations seek to protect consumers by regulating professionals practicing in particular trades and ensuring that members carry out their business in a professional and ethical manner. In this regard, a suitable water mitigation contractor should be a member of their relevant Builder Association.
Every contractor – water mitigation experts included - offers his/her services at different prices. The criteria for setting favorable prices varies from one contractor to another depending on individual qualifications, circumstances, and preferences. With the numerous contractors offering different home restoration services including mold remediation, flood cleanup, and other water mitigation services, it becomes increasingly difficult to choose the best service provider. Unfortunately, choosing the provider with the lowest quote doesn’t always guarantee you the best value for your money. As a matter of fact, extremely low quotes are usually an indication that the contractor is trying to hoodwink you into hiring them without questioning their credibility and/or suitability for your project. The best way out is to always request for itemized quotes from different contractors, with each quote detailing the same scope of work that you require.
Aaron’s Restoration has been providing water damage restoration services in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair, Lapeer, Washtenaw, Monroe, and Livingston counties. A veteran-owned business, Aaron’s Restoration has been helping Michigan residents with home restoration for over 15 years.
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