NOW:53132:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
35°
H 37° L 25°
Rain | 23MPH

Tips to Deal with the After Effects of Flooding and Water Damage

May 30, 2013

The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin is advising both renters and homeowners to use caution when dealing with water damage or flooding problems.

If your home is damaged by water, the BBB recommends three things to successfully hire a contractor to fix this damage:

• Request bids from two or three different companies.
• Don’t automatically pick the lowest bid. Check each company out, first.
• Base all bids on the same criteria.

“Shop around and get estimates from different companies,” said Ran Hoth, CEO/president of the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin. “It is important to trust the company and make sure that they are ethical, established, and have good reviews from past customers.”

Typically, a down payment of one-third the total contract price is made with additional payments due after completion of each phase of work. Final payment should not be made until the job is completed and you have inspected the work. Do not pay with cash, instead, pay by check or credit card.

Before signing a home improvement contract, consider the following tips from the BBB:

• Check with your insurance company about policy coverage and specific filing requirements.
• Research details and free information on contractors you can trust at bbb.org and consider using the BBB’s free online search of accredited businesses.
• Be wary of door-to-door workers who claim to have left-over materials from a job “down the street” or who do not have a permanent place of business. If sales people go door-to-door, check to see if your community requires them to have solicitation permits.
• Get all estimates in writing.
• Never sign a contract with blank spaces or one that you do not fully understand. Be sure the company’s full name, address and phone number are on the contract.
• Homeowners should check with local and county units of government to determine if permits or inspections are required.
• Determine whether the contractor has the proper insurance.
• Check building and contractor qualifications with the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services, Industry Services division.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Milwaukee police arrest suspect in south side bank robbery 3/27

» Roundy's decides not to renew lease on Racine Pick 'n Save store 3/26

» Recall committee calls Franklin alderwoman a 'wicked witch' in flier 3/26

» Oak Creek High School track to be named after Jerry Anstett 3/26

» Fatal shooting under investigation in South Milwaukee 3/26

» Young Entrepreneurs Academy to pilot program at Greendale High 3/25

» Franklin High School seeks preschool-ready children 3/25

» Franklin Health Dept. asks residents to check home for radon levels 3/25

» New scholarship available to Franklin students pursuing careers in the arts 3/24

» Greendale High School educator, student recognized by Kohl Foundation 3/24

» Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square lands $1 million state grant 3/24

» St. Francis considers plan to reduce tax district debt 3/24

» Kayla's Krew gets caught in middle of playground fight over site options in Franklin 3/23

» The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective 3/23

» Oak Creek reports former alderwoman Betty Kopplin has died 3/23

» Pleasant View Elementary seeks graduate memories for 50th anniversary 3/23

» Franklin mayor vetoes Froemming Park location for Kayla's Krew, calls for special meeting 3/20

» Strada Pizza due to open this weekend in Bay View 3/20

» Airport unveils 3 lactation stations for nursing moms 3/19

» Chick-fil-A proposed for Drexel Town Square approved 3/18

» Franklin targets Froemming Park for Kayla's Krew playground, county approval uncertain 3/17

» Chick-fil-A approved for Drexel Town Square, conditions and restrictions not yet specified 3/17

» Franklin officials applaud new expansion of cramped water and sewer facility 3/17

» Oak Creek still collecting donations for city time capsule 3/17

» Special meeting regarding 27th Street Reconstruction project to be held in Franklin 3/17

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT