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Safely Hiring a Contractor After Fire Damage

June 27, 2023 · Insurance
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Since 2016, the demand for damage restoration services has been growing by about 0.6% each year. These days, people now spend more than $4 billion every year on damage restoration services in the United States alone. More than 110,000 people now work helping us restore damage after fires and other incidents.

Unfortunately, home wildfire damage rates have been going up in recent years. There are also some signs that wildfires will continue to become more common in the years to come. That makes it more important than ever that people know how to find the right contractor to help them repair their damaged homes.

That goes double because fire damage can lead to chronic dangers in the home if it is not correctly fixed. So what steps can you take to help you find a contractor who can help you restore your home to its former glory after wildfire damage?

Read on to learn all about the most important things to focus on as you hire a wildfire damage contractor!

Choose a Fire Damage Repair Service Available Soon

One of the most important things to understand about damage from wildfires is that it tends to get worse with time. That makes it essential that you find speedy fire damage home restoration help. Otherwise, the fire damage repair process will become more and more extensive as the days go by.

That is why one of the first things you should look for from a fire damage remediation service is availability. That can even apply if you find a busy service that seems better for fire damage repair and restoration. If it is not available for a few weeks, it might be better to go with your second choice if it is available sooner.

Consider the Cost to Repair Fire Damaged Houses

Of course, you will want to spend some time comparing contractor fees before deciding who to hire. When it comes to repairing the fire damage done to your home, it is worth spending a little extra for extra quality.

However, you might find several fire damage contractors who seem like they will be able to do quality work for you. In such cases, it is often a good idea to pick whichever of your top choices can provide you with the help you need at the most affordable price.

Whatever your decision, make sure not to pay too much as a down payment. You should only pay 10% of the total cost or $1000, whichever is less. You should also avoid giving final payment to your chosen contractor until you are satisfied with the work done.

Look for Great Fire Damage Restoration Experience

In general, you will want to find a fire damage restoration service with a lot of experience. Some damage restoration companies start out working with water damage more than anything else. As the years go by, they start to offer fire damage restoration services as well.

However, this means that you can sometimes find a damage restoration company with 30 years of experience that has only spent one or two years working on fire damage. Make sure to ask the contractors you consider how much experience they have working specifically with wildfire damage.

You should also make sure to only hire contractors with the proper licensing. If you go to cslb.ca.gov, you can look for licensed contractors in your zipcode.

You should also make a point of checking if a contractor you're considering has workers comp insurance. If they don't, they may be cutting corners in other ways as well.

Ask Your Options for Contractors for References

Another great way to figure out which fire damage contractor to hire is to ask for references from past customers. If a fire damage contractor does amazing work, they will often have many grateful customers who will be willing to talk about their experiences.

At the same time, you should keep in mind that the references you receive will probably be from the happiest customers a contractor has had. That means that they may not be representative of the average case.

However, it is a bad sign if the best references a contractor can provide are only mildly enthusiastic about the work of that contractor. That may indicate that you want to find a contractor who has more enthusiastic references vouching for the quality of their work.

Spend Time Reading Online Reviews

These days, there are many places online where you can look at ratings and reviews for fire damage restoration contractors. Looking at these ratings and reviews may not be as helpful as speaking with past customers on the phone. However, it can still help you get a better sense of how satisfied the average customer is with the work of a given contractor.

If you have a huge number of contractors you are considering, it can also be helpful to look at online ratings to help you narrow down your options. After all, you may not need to spend time investigating in detail fire damage contractors with poor ratings.

Ask About Additional Services

If you were to ask, "What damage do wildfires cause?", most people would be surprised to hear water damage included. However, putting out wildfires often involves doing serious water damage to the home.

Many fire damage contractors also offer water damage restoration services. Some of them offer other services you might be interested in as well. When you are considering your contractor options, make sure to ask about any fire damage services you might need.

Know How to Find a Great Wildfire Damage Contractor

After you suffer from wildfire damage, the last thing you want to do is hire the wrong contractor to help you take care of it. It is more than worth putting in some extra time to make sure that you pick the right wildfire damage contractor for your home. The extra time that you spend during the selection process will pay for itself as you enjoy superior help.

To learn more about how you can find the legal help you need after home wildfire damage, reach out and get in touch with us here at any time!

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