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3 Warning Signs of a Bad Fire Cleanup Estimate

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Three Signs Your Fire Cleanup Estimate Isn't Up to Par

While it is possible that your company in Highlands, TX, will never face a damaging fire, this is not a certainty. The National Fire Protection Association reported that in 2020 nearly 500,000 structure fires occurred in the U.S. If a fire does break out in your facility, you will have to deal with an assortment of complicated tasks, from working with your insurance company to reviewing an estimate from a fire restoration team. When looking over the details of a bid for services, keep an eye open for certain warning flags.

1. A Brief Description of Services
If the document you receive is short on details, it could be a bad sign. This could either indicate that the contractor is inexperienced or is looking for an excuse to overcharge. The bid should include information on most if not all of many essential services: roof board up, roof replacement, security guard surveillance, damage restoration, smoke odor removal and debris removal. The estimate should also include itemized costs for restoration services.

2. A Failure To Designate a Primary Contact
It is always advantageous to have a specific person to contact for questions and concerns after a commercial fire. After all, the very survival of your business could be at stake. If this isn't included or offered, it could be a sign that you will have difficulty reaching a knowledgeable person. The project manager should be listed on the bid as well as his or her contact information.

3. A Mention of Other Fire Damage Contractors
If the bid mentions a series of contractors, it might be a good time to look elsewhere. A full-service contractor will likely be more knowledgeable and experienced and the overall cost will likely be lower. Even the claims process with insurance is apt to go better with one contractor.
A professional estimate should give you a sense of confidence. It should spell out the details of the cleanup process.

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