Three Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Disaster Restoration Service

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Stop, drop, and roll. Head for the cellar. Duck under a doorway. Most advice for saving yourself from a disaster is simple and easy to remember. But the process of saving your Colorado home or business after a disaster is another story. When you come to the realization that you’re in need of more restoration than you’re able to handle, you can get confused and make some basic mistakes. The following three reasons are why many property owners err when they go shopping for a disaster restoration service.

  1. They wait too long

    Denial isn't just a river in Egypt. Some who experience damage from a disaster kid themselves that all is not lost. The impulse to downplay a problem or “see how it works out” is understandable, but it will cause numerous problems in the near future.

    The sooner a disaster restoration service gets to work on your property, the better things will go. Damage, no matter what its source, will not repair itself if left alone. In fact, ignoring the problem will actually add to additional problems down the line—water damage turns into a mold infestation, fire damage will weaken the structure of the building, and so on.

  2. They hurriedly select a service

    Once some property owners realize that they truly need professional help, they rush the selection process. Yet, selecting a service should be where property owners devote some time. A home or business may be your largest investment, so doing your homework is very important.

    Collect quotes from a few companies to see what they claim would be needed to fix your property. Many times, there’s damage that only experts can see. When deciding on a bid, don’t just pick the service that offers you the lowest cost. Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for”. That contractor might be offering fewer services, or they may lack experience or good references. You don’t need to be suspicious of every contractor, but make very certain you know upfront what you’re paying for. Then you can choose the service that best works for you.

  3. They begin the cleanup on their own

    The last and, perhaps, worst mistake homeowners can make is starting the cleanup process without sufficient documentation. If it’s at all possible, don’t clean up a thing by yourself. For instance, if you vacuum up standing water, you can’t prove to your insurance company that your property was damaged by water or for how long. The first to do any cleanup is the disaster restoration service you choose. They should be very acquainted with working with insurance companies. They’ll be able to complete the needed paperwork and help assemble the documentation that you’ll need to prove the degree of damages you’re claiming.

These three mistakes can have long-term consequences, but the good news is that they’re easy to avoid. Be attentive for signs of damage and don’t let hope turn into denial, make sure you have a range of bids and document the disaster meticulously before any cleanup begins. Doing so will make the rest of the process smooth sailing.

Contact Cyclone Kleen Up or call at 719-299-3887 for a fast, professional response to your disaster emergency situation in Pueblo, Leadville, or surrounding cities in Colorado. Our recovery team will assess your damage, work with your insurance company, and immediately provide the required services that will keep your Colorado property safe and protected.