Once your homeowner’s insurance claim has been approved by the insurer and paid, you’re ready to start restoring your home back to normal. For many homeowners, this means hiring a contractor to complete repairs that are too complex for them to handle themselves. If you’re wondering how to choose the right contractor to complete repairs to your home, here are some tips.
A reputable contractor should have and be able to produce several documents showing that he or she is professionally ready to handle your repair project, including:
You can also evaluate a contractor’s level of professionalism by reading online reviews and testimonials from past customers. Look for any comments that mention issues that may be a deal breaker for you, like missing deadlines or failing to communicate with customers. The contractor should also be listed with the Better Business Bureau, where you can check for complaints and business compliance issues.
A contractor that is going to prepare a repair or renovation on your home can’t really give you an accurate estimate unless they see the damage in person. A qualified professional may be able to give you a ballpark price range over the phone by asking some preliminary questions, but he or she can’t really say how much it will cost to fix the damage until they lay eyes on it. Before you commit to letting someone do the work, have he or she look over the damage in person and explain the necessary repairs to you. If you want to be especially thorough, you can get bids from different contractors to see how varied they are and what they include.
The best evidence of what a contractor can do is his or her past work, so ask if there are any before and after photos of completed projects that you can review. Ask questions about the cost and time associated with repairs that look similar in scope to yours.
Along with any contract you sign for your renovation work, you should ask for a detailed timeline. This timeline should include approximate time frames for each phase of your project, the amount and time of any payments due and the procedure both parties will follow if any extra expenses outside the scope of the project get added on.
If your home has been damaged and you need to make a homeowner’s insurance claim in order to hire a contractor, hiring a public adjuster can help. An experienced public adjuster can help you ensure that your claim is filed properly and gets approved quickly. Click here to contact Five Star Claims Adjusting and find out more.