Dealing with major home damage caused by water, fire, or storms can turn your world upside down.  With over 25 years of experience, Bailey Family Builders understand both the physical and emotional challenges that come with these types of events, so our goal is to help you get back to your life as quickly as possible.  Below are some of the main questions many homeowners in your situation ask.

Why do I need to choose a Contracting Company for my Insurance Claim?

After you have filed a potential claim with your insurance company, an adjuster will be sent out on their behalf to inspect your property and damage.  By bringing in a qualified company like Bailey Family Builders to work with your insurance company, you will have a knowledgeable, experienced party that is representing your best fire-damage-repair-dfwinterests.  Working with a contracting company that is independent of the insurance agency often results in a more fair and favorable claim for the homeowner.

Should I get multiple quotes for the work?

Maybe.  In some cases it is good to get multiple quotes, but not for the reasons you might think.  The main reason you might consider getting multiple quotes is to ensure that you find a contractor that you trust to do the job right.  We do not recommend hunting for the best price to try to make money on a claim; insurance companies keep an eye out for this type of fraudulent (and illegal) behavior, and you risk getting a repair done wrong which will cost more money down the road.  It is also critical that nothing required for the repair is overlooked.

When should I find a company to represent me?

Before your insurance adjuster comes to determine the damages at the property, it is ideal to already have a contractor selected.  This will allow the contractor to inspect the property to help you determine if you should file a claim.  Your restoration contractor can help work with the adjuster to ensure nothing is overlooked or forgotten by mistake.  By being prepared prior to the insurance inspection, you eliminate one of the many potential stresses disasters may cause.

How should I choose a company?

One of the most challenging aspects of selecting a contractor is finding one you can trust to focus on your best interest.  We all know someone who has mistakenly selected a contractor only to regret the choice.  Here are 10 tips for avoiding that same experience.

6 ways to select a good contractor

  • Get a referral from someone who had a good personal experience working with a contractor.
  • Select a contractor who has a reliable reputation locally.
  • Select a contractor who is licensed and has no complaints.
  • Select a contractor with 10 or more years of experience (ideally under the same name).
  • Select a contractor with at least 5 recent positive references from past clients.
  • Select a contractor who specializes in the type of work you want completed.

4 ways to avoid a bad experience

  • Do not work with an unlicensed contractor.
  • Do not work with a contractor that only has a cell phone number and no office.
  • Do not work with a contractor who cannot provide positive references.
  • Do not work with a contractor who has no experience performing the type of work you need.

Bailey Family Builders is a family-owned business, and local to Dallas.  Since 1988, we have provided hundreds of DFW homeowners with exceptional service during their projects that have resulted from insurance storm claim settlements. We treat your family how we would treat ours.  Unlike some contractors, we happily warranty our work so that you have peace of mind at home.

We know how much stress and uncertainty home damage can cause.  We’d love to help guide you through the process and remove challenge of selecting a trust worth contractor to help guide you through the process.  Give us a call at 972-816-4955.

Photo Credit: “Fire Damage” by Michelle Hofstrand / CC BY