Published Oct. 6, 2015
When the storms and flooding stop, it’s natural to want to move ahead quickly with getting repairs done. However, a business or home owner should take great care in hiring a contractor.
Don’t be in a rush to find a contractor, recommends Earl McLeod, executive director of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina. Take your time and don’t feel pressured to make a quick decision.
Contact your insurance agent before hiring contractors, McLeod said. Even if the damages are not covered by insurance, your agent may be able to offer guidance.
Never sign a contract for work from a company that approaches you after a storm without checking their references and licensing. Lists of contractors are available on the Columbia Regional Business Report’s website.
The Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina also maintains a searchable list of its members at www.columbiabuilders.com.
While your property is damaged and unattended, you might want to rent a mobile storage unit nearby or have a unit brought to your site to hold equipment and valuables.
Talk to recommended contractors and make sure you understand costs, timeline and payments. If insurance claims are involved, make sure you know how those work. Be careful about paying any money upfront until you are sure the selected contractor is right for the job.