Hiring a Mold Remediation Contractor for Your Home
Here are some solid steps to help you select the best mold removal contractor:
1) Define the work to be completed: Before getting serious about quotes from a contractor, establish the scope of work to be done. For example, do you want the contractor to just remove the mold, or do you want him/her to also solve the underlying moisture problem that is causing the mold? Whether you are doing part of it yourself or not, remember that solving the underlying moisture problem is critical; otherwise, you are likely to be calling the contractor again later to remove more mold.
This step is important so that you can get multiple quotes from contractors based on the same job.
If you are having a difficult time defining the work that needs to be done, and you don’t know anybody knowledgeable enough to help you out, here is a sure method to get you the guidance you need:Advertisement
Use separate contractors for defining the work and the actual work. For example, call a contractor in to take a look at the situation and give you a description of the work to be done, telling him/her up front that you will not be hiring him for the actual clean up. You just want a consultation.
This removes the contractor’s conflict of interest of telling you what needs, knowing that they are going to get all the business that he/she just recommended.
This may cost a little extra for the consultation, but for the piece of mind that you are getting an honest opinion with no self-interest attached, it will be well worth it.
2) Inviting contractors to place a quote. Once you are comfortable with the job that needs to be accomplished, type up an outline of the tasks. For example, a basic scope of work might be like this:
- Apply detergent or bleach product to mold area, scrub mold from surface
- Disinfect and wipe down all exposed surfaces in the work area.
- Repair leaky faucet and pipes near the sink.
- Properly dry work area.
- Clean up area
- All work to be completed in same day
- Make a follow-up inspection in 14 days to ensure problem is resolved. Area should be free of moisture, mold, and mold odor.
- Along with quote, submit 3 references from previous customers
- Along with quote, submit proof of insurance document
Once you have the outline, you are ready to circulate it to the various contractors in your area. If you want some assistance in locating a contractor in your area, you can try our contractor search page.
So with your outline, you can call up the contractor and ask if they would be willing to give you a quote based on the work needed. They will likely want to stop out and assess the problem themselves, which is fine. If you followed step one above, you will already have a non-biased opinion on the scope of work, and will be able to detect if the contractor is trying to upsell you on non-needed tasks.
At this point, go ahead and give the contractor your outline of what you think needs to be done. The contractor may have a different opinion on what should be done, and at this point you will need to use your best judgment whether to go along with him/her or to stick to your scope. Remember if you change your scope of work, you will want to make sure the other contractors quote you on the same thing.
Go ahead and tell the contractor that you are gathering multiple quotes on the same work, and then ask him/her to submit their quote in writing.
3) Selecting the Contractor. Once you’ve sized up the contractors and have received their quotes, it time to choose. Whenever you are having somebody work on your home, you want to make sure you select the best contractor for the price. There are volumes of home repair horror stories from folks who just went for the lowest price. Here are some things to be mindful of when making your selection:
- Call the references to see what they say about the contractor.
- Check other 3rd-party endorsements, such as the Better Business Bureau to see if they have any information on the contractor.
- Check to see what warranty, if any, is provided with the work.
- Did they submit proof of insurance?
- Does the quote cover all of the tasks?
- A down payment may be required, but do not pay for the whole job up-front.
Once you are comfortable with your selection, call up the contractor and notify them you want them to do the work.
These three steps will help give you a reasonable assurance that you have selected the right contractor to remove mold in your home.