Caveat Emptor! Buyer Beware! It is typically a good idea to shop around when considering a large purchase. The internet makes this as easy as searching “Contractors” and comparing reviews. Choosing a reputable Contractor with the best price for your carefully detailed plans and specifications is just common sense. And this will work when you need a Restoration Contractor to repair your fire damaged home, right?
WRONG! Experience and training, not price, is what really counts when you have something bad happen to your property.
First of all, each insurance company has a data base of accepted costs/values for every work item, labor and material, necessary to make your fire damaged home whole again. Therefore, where cost is concerned, any contractor you select can only charge according to what the insurance company has already determined are fair prices and labor rates.
The problem lies with determining an accurate, comprehensive, scope of repair. There are no written plans and specifications to ensure you will be getting the same quality and quantity of work from each proposal. Each contractor will visit the site and base his cost estimate on what he observes and determines will be necessary to restore the property to a preloss condition. An inexperienced or slip shod contractor is going to miss details that are necessary or may not be aware how to properly address fire related issues such as hidden sources of odor. The estimate that includes all the necessary work, while higher in price, will actually be the one in your best interest to choose.
You will have an adjuster assigned to your loss to make sure the scope of repair is not excessive. But it is not his responsibility to complete a poorly written estimate. He typically doesn’t have the time, or incentive. So, choose SERVPRO of Ozaukee County, 262-242-8888, for a fair and accurate scope of repair for your fire loss. We have over 50 years of satisfied customers!