1) Don’t Allow a Friend or family Member To Do the Work
Any restoration contractor should obviously have the required certification and training, they should follow the IICRC Standard of Care, and should also have knowledge and experience dealing with insurance companies, as well as the expertise and skill, to safely and thoroughly carry out the work. That probably excludes a relative or friend, but even if it doesn’t, it seems as if it’s never really a good idea to work too closely with someone you are related to. A bad situation can often end up even worse if you employ a relative or close friend to do the work.
2) Don’t Use the Company That Built Your House
A contractor may not have enough experience handling smoke odors or enough insurance restoration experience, even though they are good at constructing new houses, which is their primary focus. It can be a big problem in the long run. If a contractor doesn’t adequately and completely remove the odor of smoke or all the excess moisture in a building.
The contractor that built your home may well be the best at what they do, but they probably don’t have the training, certifications or experience to work in the specialized field of fire and smoke restoration. The job requires a knowledge of restorative cleaning, smoke removal techniques, deodorizing, and working closely with the insurance companies.
3) Do Not Choose a Contractor That Has Not Worked with Insurance Companies
As mentioned above, the restoration contractor you work with needs to be experienced when it comes to working with insurance companies. You will need to have an estimate that meets the standards set by the insurance company, using the required software designed for that purpose, and of course, providing the required documentation when needed is also important.
4) Make Sure That You Communicate With the Representative From the Restoration Company
The process of restoration can be time-consuming and confusing, and it probably won’t proceed perfectly, despite what some contractors might tell you. For this reason, it’s important that you communicate with your chosen restoration company, let them know what is going on, and it’s just as important that you feel comfortable with them. Sooner or later, there will almost certainly be an issue that needs to be resolved, and good communication will be important so that the problem can be addressed and the restoration project can get back on track. Make sure you understand how the company addresses any issues.
IPC Restoration and Renovation Contractors – Fort McMurray
10208 centennial drive, Fort McMurray, AB T9H-1y5