Thousands of people will be dealing with repairs as the result of storm, flood or other weather related damage. Many home or business owners will get bombarded with offers from contractors saying what they can do for them. This is the time for some basic knowledge to help you choose a reliable contractor:
1. Get at least three references from jobs they have completed within the last year.
2.Do a local search for a reliable company & try to look for contractors that have been in business for at least 2 yrs.
3.Verify contractor business license. Check with your Secretary of State
4.Ask to see the contractor's business insurance certificate.
5.Deal with your insurance company your self and ask them all the question about your policy and the claim information.
6. Ask the contractor can they provide an permit for your property so you can get it inspected to insure the work is done correct.
7. Ask for an contract on the work and read it carefully, Take your time and do not sign it if you are been rushed. Its ok to get back with them after you have took the time to read it and sign it , never sign an blank contract under any situation.
8. If a contractor says "take my word for it" DON'T'!!!! Ask them to put it in writing
9.Never deal with a contractor that does cash only transactions. More than likely once he gets the cash you won't see him again.
10. Do not sign a certificate of completion or make final payment until the work is completely finished and you are happy with it.