How to Find a Reliable Home Repair Contractor

If you have recently suffered from a home disaster and are in need of a quality property repair company, look no further! Extreme Cleanup Services is licensed, bonded, and insured for all property disasters. After sustaining justifiable damage to their properties, many property holders need to begin the search for a quality contractor to help clean, repair, and restore their property. There are many great restoration firms out there, but it is imperative to find a company that is trained, experienced, and knowledgeable in their craft. Here are the five key steps to hire a quality home repair contractor:

1. Obtain Referrals

The easiest way to begin seeking referrals is from family members and friends. This could be done by checking social media sites that you frequent to expand your search. Make sure that any family or friends that you ask have had the same type of work done that you are looking for, or the same budget as you. Another way to find referrals is through consumer review websites. Angie’s List is a good start, but joining often requires a small fee. You can also ask local professionals who do business with trustworthy and reliable contractors. This could be anyone from a building inspector to your insurance company.

2. Interview Potential Candidates

You should make a list and begin making calls to get a sense of how comfortable you would be with them working in, and around, your home.  Here are a few simple questions to ask when interviewing a potential home repair contractor: How long have you been in business? How many projects like mine have you completed in the last year? Who will be assigned the role of project manager for the job and are workers actual employees or subcontractors?

3. Avoid Any Red Flags

Make sure that your contractor isn’t cutting costs with cheap material or labor. Poor quality materials and a rushed project can lead to disaster.  A couple red flags would be: a demand to be paid in cash only, a request for a third or more of the money up front, they don’t have a physical business address, or the contractor saying that he was in the area and wanted to give you a discounted service.

4. Narrow the Field

After interviewing potential repair contractors, narrow your choices down to three. Then you can begin to double check references to make sure the contractor is reliable and the services were satisfactory on other projects. Mot consumer protection agencies often register contractors and keep records of complaints. After all background checks, set up face-to-face meetings with those who pass your initial test, and then get written estimates.

5. Finalize the Deal

Obtain an agreement in writing, as a formal contract will provide you with protection in case something goes awry. Also, you should ask for a certificate of insurance proving the contractor has liability and workers compensation insurance in case of an accident.  This contract should also include details of a beginning date, a completion date, and how payments will be made. Typically you can be a third up front, a third when the project is halfway done, and then the last third when the job is done and you are satisfied.