WHAT DOES IT COST TO GET AN ESTIMATE ON MY FLOOD DAMAGED HOME?
While some contractors may charge for estimates, most reputable companies know free estimates are simply the cost of marketing. However, expect to get some wildly different numbers for similar work, especially during disaster work. Mobilization, per diem, materials availability, etc. can vary greatly from one company to another. Example: Sheetrock install and prep for paint in Texas after Hurricane Harvey ranges from $2.50 to over $10 per SqFt of sheetrock based on feedback from many of our customers.
Additionally, deposits can vary greatly. Some companies require a substantial deposit simply to schedule the work. Whatever you do, if you give a deposit, have a signed by both parties contract with the scope of work to be performed and remaining schedule of payments. At Red Out Construction we do not require a deposit to schedule or contract with us, we simply request 50% of work to be performed on delivery of materials to jobsite and the remaining 50% on satisfactory completion of our work.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY HOUSE IS READY TO BEGIN RECONSTRUCTION?
This is the biggest challenge we see during disaster reconstruction: People OR their contractors reinstalling drywall before they are at a safe dry level.
While many companies will begin work below 20% moisture, we don't recommend starting any drywall work until you are at or below 15% in SEVERAL different test levels and areas. All too often, companies test in only one or two areas and/or levels. This can lead to even more problems and costlier repairs as mold and dry rot may occur months and years after reconstruction. And those repairs most likely will not be covered by insurance. And if you did not use a licensed and insured contractor, this could result in a very expensive loss or legal battle at your own expense.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
While there are many websites offering information, very few are better than FEMA and the EPA.
Or simply call us and we will do all we can to assist you.