Residential water damage repair service can range from simple to complex depending on the type of damage and how far into the repair process you are. This article will provide a general overview of water damage repair and start with some general questions you should ask before signing up for any service. Many times, these simple questions will be enough to make you reconsider the quality of work you will receive.
The most important simple question you should ask when shopping for a service is this: “What are the requirements for water damage repair?” You will need a valid Certificate of Insurance that covers your property against damage due to water, but the insurance policy will not cover for mold and other damage caused by water. If your home is beyond repair or you believe the job should be finished, you will need to get a service contract written up in writing by the contractor. A written contract will include all of the costs associated with the service including materials, labor, equipment, and insurance.
Once you have a written contract, you can ask any service questions you may have. It is also important to understand what you will be expected to pay for the service before you sign anything. The cost of any service should be outlined in the contract including the quote from the contractor, initial estimate, and any additional charges for services that are not included in the quote.
The initial estimate will include estimates for repair to the heating, cooling, plumbing, air conditioning, electrical, and insulation of your home. These types of repairs are generally not covered by your insurance policy, so be sure to check and get any questions answered before you sign anything.
Remember, you do not have to hire a service to repair your home. Ask your friends or neighbors who they use for their repairs and determine if they are affordable, professional, and reputable.
Water damage repair can be done by a contractor or yourself. To determine whether you need to hire a contractor or do it yourself, first talk to your neighbor, or another person that has experienced residential water damage repair. An example of a service that does not need to be performed by a homeowner is removing and replacing carpeting, repairing cracks, holes, tears, or broken tiles.
Another way to find out whether you will need to hire a contractor or do it yourself is to ask the contractor for their experience. Ask if they are experienced with this type of work and if they have worked on other homes to compare. If you decide to call your contractor directly, take a list of basic questions with you. Make sure to discuss the general process, including a list of questions that need to be answered, and decide if you want to proceed with the service.
Contacting your friends, neighbors, and family for professional service will allow you to speak to people who have been through the process before. It is important to gather this information before you begin talking to a contractor so you can ask specific questions about different companies and which company would be the best for you.
When you have made the decision to hire a contractor, request a price quote, and set up a time to meet with them in your office. When you meet, ask the contractor to show you their estimate for the project including materials, labor, equipment, and any other charges. Follow up with the contractor to get an estimate for materials, labor, and any other expenses that you may incur during the course of the project.
One common mistake made by homeowners who do not take the time to hire a professional water damage repair service is to either request a quote online, by phone, or in person. In many cases, the estimate is not worth the paper it is printed on.
By taking the time to get a quote from a reputable water damage repair service, you can be assured that the estimate is accurate and provide you with a realistic idea of what the estimated cost of the project will be. Additionally, you can know how long the work will take, how many people will be involved, and the duration of the project.
As a homeowner, do not take the opportunity to seek professional help for water damage repair. As stated before, a reputable service will offer a quote, provide contact information, provide project details, and clearly outline the costs.