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Comparing Estimates for Mold Remediation
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
If water damage is one of the worst problems that can affect any home or business, then mold certainly runs a close second. Mold is the most common byproduct and long-term consequence of water damage or excessive moisture in a home and may present serious threats to the property as well as the physical health and well being of the people living there. It is for this reason that mold should be professionally remediated and the environment where it was found properly treated in order to prevent it from returning.
Where to Begin
RestorationSOS® highly recommends that you be careful when choosing a mold remediation provider. Hiring the wrong company may make a bad situation even worse. Inexperienced mold providers may inadvertently spread mold spores throughout your home if they disrupt the growth without taking the proper precautions first. You need an experienced mold remediation provider that knows what they are doing. RestorationSOS® suggests obtaining no less than three estimates from various mold remediation providers before making a final decision.
Most people view estimates strictly through the prism of pricing, choosing to go with the least expensive option. In the case of mold removal, this is not the best course of action to adopt. In situations like this, the best deal is the fastest or more reputable company, one that offers the widest range of restoration services, one that is certified by industry authorities, and one that can explain in detail their plan for removing and remediating the mold in a manner that guarantees that it will not return.
How to Choose a Restoration Company
"You get what you pay for" may be a tired cliché, but it does still ring true. Hiring a mold removal company based on price alone may very well result in slipshod work. You should look for the proper combination of service, availability, reputation, and pricing. In most cases it is far better to pay a little more for a company that can come out immediately as opposed to saving a few bucks hiring one that can call you back sometime next week. Obtain your three estimates from area restoration companies, then compare the quotes and make a determination based on the criteria listed above.
The only exception to this rule is any case of a natural disaster, in which case waiting lists may be long and you may want to go with whoever you can get in touch with. Stabilizing your property is the first order of business, and since mold is an aftereffect of water damage, usually appearing 48-72 hours later, then you want to do everything possible to prevent the mold from turning up in the first place.
RestorationSOS® offers up to 3 free estimates from its network of service providers, all of which are certified, prescreened, and available 24/7.
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