If you’ve experienced water damage in your home due to heavy rainfall, leaking pipes or broken supply lines, you know you need to move fast and correct the situation before it becomes a health hazard for you and other residents in the home. But do you hire a professional contractor or do the project on your own? While many homeowners may be willing to do it, they may lack the expertise, experience and equipment needed to do the work right. A water damage restoration contractor will have all these and as such can do a thorough and quality job. Here are a few tips to help you find the best service provider.
- Get names
If you’ve never hired a restorer before or want to hire someone new , then your search for one should start by getting names of contractors in your area. Word of mouth can be a good way to go about this. If a friend or neighbor has been satisfied with the final work a particular contractor has done in their homes, there’s a chance that you’ll also be satisfied with their work .You can do a quick Google search as well. Try to list a few names of contractors to consider.
- Are they licensed?
As a rule of thumb, you should only hire a contractor who has the proper license. Li-censure is often a requirement for anyone to work in the field, and professional contractors will be more than willing to give you a proof of it. If you’re unsure, you may consider inquiring about the same from the relevant authorities.
- Ask about qualifications
Another tip on how to choose a water damage restoration contractor is to inquire about their credentials. You obviously want someone who has acquired the knowledge and skills required to work in the field, so don’t shy from asking for proof of credentials (for example, copies of certificates). A qualified technician will know what goes into water damage restoration and will be proficient on the latest restoration equipment as well as procedures.
- Certified is best
Your service provider of choice should also hold certification (apart from the basic qualifications) from a reputable institution. Certification can be a proof that a contractor is not only an expert in their field but that they also take their work seriously. As such, he or she may be best placed to protect the occupants in your home as well as the home itself.
- Inquire about the range of services offered
Before settling on any contractor, be sure to ask about what services they offer in relation to water damage restoration. A good service provider will offer you a variety that will help return your home into its original state. Most importantly , you won’t have to hire separate contractors to complete the project which can in turn save you both time and money. Services may include but are not limited to water extraction, carpet cleaning, mold removal and structural repair/restoration
- What are their charges?
Cost is a key factor that one should consider when hiring a water damage restorer. A tip is to request for estimates of the total costs of the project from different contractors over the phone and then compare to find one that charges what you can comfortably afford. You should, however, avoid picking a contractor based on cost alone.