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Water Damage Restoration

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Water Damage Restoration Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Water Damage Restoration, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Water Damage Restoration commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Water Damage Restoration? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Water Damage Restoration Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Water Damage Restoration - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Water Damage Restoration Service at a fair price?Find a Water Damage Restoration that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Water Damage Restoration prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins. Download the Water Damage Restoration Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Water Damage Restoration Service?Most Water Damage Restoration Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Water Damage Restoration ranges from $27 to $41. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Water Damage Restoration.
Do I need to use a licensed Water Damage Restoration for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?You should use a licensed Water Damage Restoration for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Water Damage Restoration's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.
Should I use an insured Water Damage Restoration for my project?Your Water Damage Restoration should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Water Damage Restoration should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Water Damage Restoration need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Water Damage Restoration. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Water Damage Restoration's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Water Damage Restoration - Services

A Water Damage Restoration can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Water Damage Restoration Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Water Damage Restoration - Finding and Hiring

Not every Water Damage Restoration has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Water Damage Restoration matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Water Damage Restoration to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Water Damage Restoration - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Water Damage Restoration. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Water Damage Restoration. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Water Damage Restoration's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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Water Damage Restoration Hiring Guide

How to hire a Water Damage Restoration

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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