How Do I Find a reliable Contractor After a Loss?

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Get your home repaired quickly and efficiently by finding the right contractor.

If there’s been a recent storm in your local area, you may find that contractors are knocking on your door trying to sell their services. But before you agree to let a local contractor repair your home that suffered damage from a recent incident, it’s a good idea to check with your insurance agent first. It’s best to let the insurance company assess the damage first to avoid having to pay for additional work that isn’t necessary or that isn’t covered. Once you file a claim, you can then contact a contractor to repair the damage. Here are some tips on how to find a reliable contractor.

  • Ask your insurance agency for help

If you aren’t sure where to start looking, your insurance agency can provide suggestions for trusted contractors who they or their clients have worked with in the past.

  • Avoid door-to-door contractors

Although someone knocking on your door and offering their services right away may seem convenient, you want to be sure that you’re making an informed decision on your choice of contractor. It’s best to be cautious and turn down these contractors and contact local businesses yourself.

  • Review your local contractor’s business history

Along with asking friends and neighbors for references, a good rule of thumb is to make sure that a contractor has been in your community for at least as long as the warranty they offer you.

  • Review contractors carefully

Before signing any contractors, make sure that the agreement clearly states the materials being used, the labor performed, and who is responsible for permits. Ask for copies of their insurance policies, and check the fine print of the contract. Avoid signing any contract that has blank spaces. 

If you have any questions about how to find a reliable contractor, ask your insurance company. Homeowners insurance can help you save money and protect your home from damage and disaster. Ensure that you have the optimum coverage by visiting the professionals at Gee-Schussler Insurance Agency. Our team is here to help you protect your home in Orland Park, Illinois.