Now that the flood waters are subsiding in Louisiana, flood victims are going back into their homes for clean up. Many of those affected by the flood will begin to look for contractors to repair their homes. We want our clients to be safe and not be taken advantge of. Here are some useful tips when deciding on a contractor.
Ask about the company they work for. Find out where they are based, how long have they been in business and if they have ever remediated homes after a major flood. Always check if they are licensed. Check the state contractors board website for licensing and information. click here for Louisiana Licensing Board.
Verify the license or registration number. Require proof of general liability insurance and worker’s compensation. Also, ask the contractor for references and you may want to see photos of their work.
Be aware of the following RED FLAGS
*Contractors who solicit door-to-door and offer vague information. Make sure the contractor provides a physical address and a phone number.
*Contractors that are pushy and use high end sales tactics. If possible, avoid signing a contract that makes them the exclusive contractor.
*Require a written contract signed by both parties (consumer and contractor) and agree upon:
1. The estimated dates of start and completion of the project
2. A description of the work to be performed
3. The total dollar amount to be paid to the contractor upon completion of work
*Use caution when a contractor demands full payment up front. NEVER agree to pay in full before the job is done. It is ideal to pay one third of the bill and pay the rest once the job is complete.
We are ready to help in any way possible. Please call The Burns Group at 225-907-3305 or visit our website