After a fire or flood, most people call their insurance company. While on the phone, most insurance companies have either a list of preferred vendors or go through a program that assigns claims to contractors. They assure you this is the fastest way to restore your home to its original condition. Many homeowners think they are obligated to use the insurance companies contractor, but it is ultimately up to you to decide who you would like to work with.
It’s your choice!
Homeowners aren’t usually aware that they have the right to hire whomever they choose without penalty from their insurance company. These companies create agreements with national vendors based on price and branding, which leaves many great local companies on the outside. As a homeowner, having the right to choose whom you want to do business with gives back power to the consumer to keep money in their local communities.
When choosing your own restoration contractor, you can look at reviews and their website and decide for yourself which company will offer you the best customer service and benefit your local community the most. Instead of a company showing up that you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with, you get to decide who you invite into your home.
How to choose
When selecting a restoration contractor always make sure they are IICRC certified, licensed and insured.
Check the status of IICRC certified firm here. Once you locate a firm, you can make sure they have the proper certifications by clicking on services. If you can’t find the firm’s name and would still like to use them, you can check by asking for their certification number and entering it on the website as well.