Shop around for repair estimates. Policyholders don’t have to use a contractor or repair shop recommended by their insurer. Some contractors don’t agree to be on an insuer’s preferred list because they want to deal directly with homeowners, not the insurer’s claims department.
Request warranties or guarantees in writing with details about the time, materials and workmanship covered.
Get a detailed construction contract before work starts, Venook said. The contract should include details about the work that will be performed, the cost, payment methods, payment penalties, materials that will be used, the timing of the work and any penalties for missing deadlines or poor performance…
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