While the beautiful, sunny California weather often lends itself to picnics on the beach and golden tans, sometimes the weather takes a turn for the worst. When it does, you could experience extensive damage to your home.
Storms are often over as quickly as they begin. However, regardless of how short a storm may be, if you consider hiring a contractor to complete necessary repair work on your siding, roof or windows, there are some things you might want to think about before signing a contract.
What is the contractor’s reputation?
As a homeowner, you are probably aware of how natural disasters can make your house appear run-down. But in addition to the external appearance of your property, storm damage could potentially create future problems, such as mold, energy inefficiency or improper structural support.
In order for your repair work to go as smoothly as possible, you will likely want to hire a qualified, licensed and honest company to complete the job in a timely manner. While you may want to rush into a contract to get your repair work started as quickly as possible, doing your due diligence could help prevent a legal dispute in the future.
To help protect yourself from a construction dispute, you might ask a contractor:
- To provide local professional references
- If they will subcontract your work
- Who will supervise your home repairs
- How much of their business is built on referrals
- What kind of experience they have working with insurance claims
Additionally, you can verify a contractor’s license and Better Business Bureau ranking. Remember you have every right to know who you are allowing on your property. And if something does not seem right, you might want to trust your instincts.