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How to find a reliable contractor after a natural disaster

Written by Posted On Sunday, 06 May 2018 11:25

After a natural disaster, such as storm, hurricane and flood damage, in the affected area usually appear contractors with the promise of immediate tasks of cleaning and removal of debris. Some will require payment in advance for a job that they will never. Others simply lack the experience, licensing and insurance required to get the job done legally.

Choosing a contractor

Take time to choose the person who will work on the renovation of your house. It is a good idea to choose a contractor with a recognized physical address. It is common for people in construction use mobile phones, but make sure that you will be able to find the person who works in your home if a problem arises.

It is best to get offers from more than one person for any work you do to your home. Ask for the written offers, and look for details that will do exactly. Depending on the job, you may want to specify the types (quality or grade) of the materials that will be used.

Always ask for references to contractors, and if possible, calls to previous customers. Ask your neighbors how much they are paying for similar work. Trust your instincts. If you have any doubt to hire someone, still looking elsewhere.

Pay with credit card or check so you can dispute the charge or cancel the payment if problems occur later. Be careful with the contractor that you ask them to pay in cash - even for an advance or deposit. Negotiates a reasonable down payment in advance and do not pay the full price of the work until it is completed and you are satisfied with the work.

Be careful with the seller gives you a price much lower than that of all the others. To question the quality of the materials to be used and the work to be done. A salesperson gives you a price too low may not plan to include all the specific tasks that you expect, you may use cheap labor and without experience, or mediocre materials. Most of the legitimate offers will be for a very similar.

Ask for references. Ask to speak with satisfied customers, and ask them if they can visit your home to inspect the work done by the contractor who is seriously considering. If you are hiring to the type of worker you need a license from the state (as an electrician), contact the licensing agency to verify the credentials of the person and ask of complaints.

The 1800pilings in Houston Texas is a leading construction company that is located in Dallas, Texas. It helps to repair houses after a natural disaster. The company is responsible for issuing licenses, carry out inspections, investigate complaints, calculate sanctions, establish rules and standards and conduct hearings.

Check for any statement made by the contractor on energy savings or better security, the value of the house, or other benefits to the improvements that you are buying.

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