If you're looking for a contractor to help you with some of the flood damages that you have incurred recently, here are a few tips to help you find the right one. Not all contractors have experience with flood repairs and you may need somebody that's experienced in this area for certain things.
Ask about their experience
Find out whether the companies that you call have ever worked with flooding homes before. It's a lot easier working with a contractor that knows what a flood can do to a home and how extensive the damage may be underneath floors and behind walls.
Find out how long the company has been in business
You'll want to find a contractor that has a solid reputation behind him here in Calgary, even if you need to wait for his services. There are going to be some people that are arriving looking for work with renovations and repairs from out of town. A lot of these new arrivals may not have the experience required to fix up your home properly. If you're only looking for a handyman to help out with a few selected tasks that aren't too complicated, you may be able to use someone like this for your work.
Insurance and a license
A solid contracting company will have a working license and insurance to keep them protected as well as their clients. Find out whether the company is working above board by inquiring about their licensing and insurance before starting any work, especially if you require a lot done.
Find out whether the contractor guarantees his work to your satisfaction. Not only will you want to hear this verbally but you'll want to have it written on the contract you sign. Guaranteed satisfaction means that you will be happy with the work done and if there is any problem with it you'll be able to get it redone until it’s right. Have this clearly worded in the contract and you'll be good to go.
There are going to be a lot of ads appearing in the local newspaper and on classified ads sites on the Internet for contractors that can help out the flood victims here in the city. Make sure that you do the proper research before hiring anybody and if it means waiting for a bit, it's well worth the time. There will be quite a lineup for contractors that have an established reputation but these will be the ones that you'll want to have fixing your home when you want to be sure that everything is done properly and legally.