How should I choose a contractor to do the repairs in my home?. {Water damge claim}

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Insurance Question from Johns Creek, GA

Asked on 08/10/2010

How should I choose a contractor to do the repairs in my home?. {Water damge claim} Sewer back up , Basement and mainfloor damaged

Answer given on August 11, 2010

Your water damage claim sounds like it will be covered by your insurance policy.  You can ask the adjuster on the claim for a recommendation of a contractor.  You are not required to use a contractor recommended by the insurance company, but the company may have a list of contractors who are experienced in this area.  You can also ask friends or neighbors for recommendations.

You should talk to more than one contractor  and then to confirm they are licensed.  You can also check with the BBB to see if there have been any complaints.   Be careful not to choose a contractor based on price alone.  You want experience and reliability.  The insurance company will work with whomever you choose on the costs of the repairs.

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