Beware of Plumbers Recommending Restoration Companies
If you own a home, the chances are that you have had some form of conversation around repair and damage restoration work, whether recommended by a plumber or a contractor.
However, most homeowners don’t realize that plumbers can and have been known to recommend services you don’t really need.
By doing this they are aiming to earn themselves the referral fee or get a partner business more work—and money—from you.
A common example of this is fire and water damage restoration work. This work can leave homeowners with a pricey bill depending on the extent of the damage.
Fortunately, we are a damage restoration company working across fire, water, and mold damage.
We not only recognize when real damage has occurred but are also prepared to share a few insider tips too. Here is how you can avoid paying money for work you don’t need.
Be Wary of Contractor-Recommended Damage Restoration Services
Have you ever observed how locals frequently recommend the very best contractors within a community, rather than discovering them online or in a list of newspaper ads?
While 24-hour emergency mitigation service providers are available for disasters, locals generally depend on individuals they personally know, and, most crucially, trust.
Not only is the contractor often local themselves, but they will be sourcing their materials locally too. This ensures that their customers pay the very best prices, charging very minimal travel expenses, and operating under a solid local reputation.
For example, if a homeowner decides to progress with a water damage service recommended by their plumber, there are a number of questions which will likely go unanswered.
- How well do previous customers rate them?
- How efficiently do they work?
- Why would you choose them over another contractor?
Homeowners, now more than ever, need to avoid simply relying on the recommendations of someone they are already working with.
Specifics Of Plumber Referral Agreements
After all, the agreements your plumber or other worker has with their recommended contractor in terms of referral fees or prices are unknown to you.
You cannot secure a guarantee on the quality of their work or determine whether they are the best fit for your project.
For a premium referral fee the plumber can even lead you to a damage restoration service that is not licensed, bonded or certified solely based on the fee they would receive.
In some cases, a water damage restoration company could pay the plumber over $1,000. Instances like this may require help from the consumer financial protection bureau.
This is why you need to make sure you are as involved as possible in the process. Then you can be sure you’re vetting and hiring the best for your water damage services.
How Homeowners Can Protect Themselves
Here at ASAP Restoration, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver the highest quality restoration services as quickly as possible – and with a high level focus on testimonials as part of our customer engagement.
One of the most common issues we are finding is the rise in plumbers recommending work that you don’t need.
This exploits both your time and money, with very little gain for you but plenty of profit for the plumber and their referring contractor.
But ask yourself this. If your home was really suffering from severe water damage, wouldn’t you have noticed it by now and called in a specialist focussed on water damage restoration?
Homeowners need damage restoration service you can trust, and that’s why it’s important to focus on the following:
- Only work with contractors who hold an established reputation, either online or in your local community.
- If you need a 24 hour service, contact a company with a high level website filled with testimonials.
- Sites such as Yelp and Facebook can be good for sourcing service providers and products.
- Try not to panic book someone. Instead, perform vetting on your own to ensure that the damage restoration service has reputable standing in the industry. This can save you both time and money later down the line.
- Don’t feel like you have to work with the first damage restoration service who provides a quote. Get a few quotes for comparison and pick the best fit for you in terms of timing and budget.
Homeowners have all the tools needed to ensure they only work with the very best—it’s essential to use them.
Start with social media, recommendation sites and online company databases.
This will help you with vetting and selecting the right contractor for you. It is as simple as heading online and reading the experiences of customers just like you.
Hire ASAP Restoration – A Well-Established Damage Restoration Company in The Community
When you need a 24 hour service you can trust, ASAP Restoration promises to answer the phone every time.
We have been helping homeowners with their damage restoration needs since 2009.
We also work with all insurance companies, and are proud to be an insurance-preferred contractor.
For more information, or for a free estimate, contact ASAP Restoration today. You can also fill out our form here for a free consultation.