Recovering from Natural Disasters – Tips in Choosing a Contractor

Recovering from Natural Disasters – Tips in Choosing a Contractor

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Washington Guard is dedicated to safeguarding the people and property of the State of Washington, and we have put together a series of resources on disaster preparedness.  In this guide we will go through some of the recovery methods after a disaster has hit, in particular how to choose a contractor that will help to restore damaged property after a disaster.

Disasters create a lot of market for contractors. In most cases, whether you have a repair project such as a roof replacement, driveway replacement or repaving, finding a reliable and efficient contractor with the right tools and resources to complete your project on time with the highest quality workmanship can be challenging. There is a sheer volume of contracting companies that are available for you to choose from.

1. Ask for quotes.

Contractor for Natural DisastersWhen hiring a contractor, the first thing you need to be sure about is your budget. So, when you are meeting a contractor, ask for the quotes. Most of the contractors come to your home, inspect what has to be done and give a quote based on this. You can get to know if they are professional and know about the work from this. You can speak to them to get to know how long the work takes, and what happens during the course of work at what stage during the first meeting. This will tell you if they have the right work sequence in the mind, and the duration to complete the task can be got. You can meet a couple of them, and compare the price, quality of work, duration and professionalism before you come to a conclusion.

2. Look for experience. 

When hiring the contractor, check how long he or his company has been into the industry. Experience matters a lot, for they know how to do the best work for amazing costs. They know the quality of different materials and can come up with best ideas. Experience is a proof for the reliability. The payment terms too should be discussed. Put the same in the contract. A few companies ask for a specific percentage of amounts on completing the task. You have a hold, for the entire amount is not paid till the work is completed.

3. Check the license of the company. 

Having a license for the company is the most important thing that one has to pay attention to while hiring the experts for doing the work. When one is indulging in a conversation with various contractors who will do the Carpentry or any other task of construction, check for the license. A quality company will always have the license or any legal agreement for the work they are doing.

4. Bonding and insurance. 

If a contractor is undertaking the work of rebuilding or renovating the home, make sure that they are bonded and insured, particular for roofing contractors and other specialized companies. Specific states also play a big role and have different regulations, for instance a California contractor bond has different regulations than one in Washington state, so make sure your company follows the respective regulations of the region.  Any company, that offers flooring as a part of the home repair, should be well aware of all the legal liabilities that come along. They should also offer an insurance for any damage caused during the work that is being undertaken.

If the company does not take responsibility for the damage, then they might not be insured. If the damaged goods are not properly recovered, chances are that you will have to pay for the project entirely.

5. Get feedback or reviews from previous clients. 

You can use the internet to find out the views of other people or rather clients who have previously hired the company’s services. A good contracting company that offers good services will definitely attract positive remarks.

Additionally, your friends, relatives, and colleagues can provide you references to avail quality services for the kind of work you need. Word of mouth marketing is great in helping you find services suiting your requirements. Doing so would also allow you to analyze the kind of work the contractor performs and the end results. It will help you take the right decision.

The process of recovering from a disaster can be easy and efficient if you look and hire the best contractor to do the job. So to lessen the stress, make sure you find the right contractor to help you.