You have probably heard horror stories about mold. It can be hazardous to your health and have long-lasting effects. You may have also heard bad stories about contractors that do a poor job and charge an arm and a leg for mold removal. There are many dishonest contractors out there. With that said, many contractors are there to do a good job and get the mold out of your home as quickly as possible so that your family stays healthy.
Your home is a huge investment. One that you are probably very proud of and want to keep you and your family healthy without mold being there. That is why it is important to get the mold out as quickly as possible. You can do this by hiring a mold removal company. One that is trustworthy and educated about your issue. Keep reading to find out ten tips for hiring a mold removal company. You also can check out this website for more information: http://precisionmoldremoval.com/
Ask for referrals
Just like many important decisions in life, it’s important to ask for referrals before hiring a mold removal company. If you are simply looking up a company online to use, try and do your research. In many cases, a company that has done a bad job for someone in the past can do that same bad job for many people. Make sure to Google them and check out any review sites you can such as Yelp. Ask friends and family for referrals. If they have not had to use someone, chances are they know someone that has. Asking is a great and easy way to find a mold removal company that you can trust.
Have thorough paperwork
There are a few different items you want to check to see if your contractor carries. General liability, workers compensation, and pollution insurance are all important. If they do not have these, it’s a good idea to hire a different mold removal company. One of the other reasons why you want to make sure that a company has the proper certifications and insurance in place is in case an accident happens in your home. If they do not have insurance, you can become liable for that accident. Call the company just to be sure. It can save you a huge headache down the road!
Don’t just look at the price
When you get a quote from a company, it’s important not to just look at the price. The first reasons are because that price may not include some things. You may think you are looking at a very inexpensive option, but it may have more hidden fees that you would only find out about later. Make sure that you are getting the entire cost from each company. Secondly, the lowest bid may be low for a reason. With that said, the highest bid may not always be the best option. Make sure to do your homework and investigate exactly why the company came up with that price.
Ensure industry certifications
A company should be able to provide certificates of each insurance. Many times, you don’t even need to ask for this. You can simply go to their “About Us” section on their website and it typically will talk about their certifications there. It also may just be on the homepage of the website. If it is not on either of these, you can always call One of the most important ones to watch out for is IICRC-certified technicians. This means that they understand cleaning and restoring techniques which is critical for mold removal. They also understanding cleaners and chemicals. It’s important to hire workers that truly understand what they are doing.
Have though paperwork
Although estimates are important, so is having an agreement written. Unfortunately, simply having a verbal agreement is not enough. Make sure that you have something in writing so that when it is over it does not become a “he said she said” situation. It can save you a lot of time later just to have some form of paperwork and signatures on both sides. It can also save the contractor from cutting corners.
Get multiple estimates
Make sure that you don’t just pick the first estimate you hear. Even if it sounds like a great option. It’s good to compare. This will also let you learn more about the process and even educate you. Get a few different estimates so that you can compare and contrast and pick the mold removal company that will best work for you.
Avoid catchy words
Many companies use the term “mold free”. They are referring to the job once they finish it. It’s important to avoid companies that use these kinds of catchy words. The truth is, a building cannot be made mold free.
You can contact the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection. Once you contact them you can ask if there have been any complaints filed against a contractor you are thinking of hiring. You can call them at (800) 422-7128.
Trust your gut
You’ve probably been told this about many decisions you have made in your life. Picking a mold removal company is no different! Make sure that you pay attention to what you feel. If they are in an unmarked truck, if they are not looking or acting professional, or perhaps they simply just don’t give off a very trustworthy vibe. It’s okay to cut the meeting short. Trust your gut with your final decision. Listen to it, it’s talking to you and telling you to go with a specific company for a reason!
Do you ever feel like since their the experts it’s hard to know what to ask? You perhaps end up shying away from asking ANY questions? This is very normal and can be intimidating for a lot of people. In fact, some companies even use this as a tactic by making you feel overwhelmed followed by getting your business quickly and not doing a very good job. Understand how they are going to get rid of it and any steps after that need to be taken. Don’t ever be ashamed or embarrassed to ask more questions. Make sure that you feel confident from start to finish.
Do you feel more confident you will find a helpful and honest mold removal company now? Although it can seem overwhelming if you follow these steps you should be in the hands of a mold removal company that will assist you with your mold issue. We are always happy to give people more tips or to expand on these. Contact us today to learn more!