Hurricane Season Is Here, Are You Ready?
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Storms are already developing in the Atlantic Ocean. The 2010 hurricane season is predicted to be more active than the average for the 1950-2000 seasons. The December 2009 report estimates approximately 11-16 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes and 3-5 major hurricanes occurring during the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which is more typical of years in an active era, such as the 1995 season.
Don’t get caught trying to get prepared after a storm is already heading your way. If you do, more than likely you will end up paying more for storm protection materials such as plywood, straps, water and food. Make sure you do your preparations ahead of time. This will save you money!
Find a local contractor to remodel your home before the storm. Right now is a good time to search for remodeling contractors in the Galveston Area before the thousands of out of state, non-experienced contractors, and even the people who pray on hurricane victims arrive after the storm.
Contractors that are here before the storm are more than likely local companies that can warranty the work after completed. Many homeowners in the Galveston Area find themselves paying twice for the same repairs because they hire a contractor who left the area only a few months after the storm. They end up with no warranty, and are unable to find the company who completed the repairs.
To find local contractors, start today and search The Galveston Daily News, The Yellow Pages, Local magazine publications and the internet. Most companies that are not local will not have advertisement or a website specific to your area.
Make sure you get references from the contractor you choose. References will allow you to tell if the contractor has been in the area simply by seeing if his references are local to the area. Check with your local city hall to see if the company is register and when was the company registered.
Galveston Contractors that have been in the area for some time can provide you with local repair job references completed before the storm. This is a sure way of identifying a local contractor. Once you have located Galveston Contractors that meet the requirements above, you can be assured they will be here after the storm and will stand behind any repairs made to your home later.
Your probably thinking that local Galveston Contractors are to busy to get to your repairs in a respectable amount of time, but let me assure you, it is better to wait than to pay twice for the same repairs. Galveston Contractors hire more personnel when needed to help speed up waiting time.
Make sure the estimate you get is itemized. This way you understand exactly what the contractor is going to do and what he is not going to do. Itemized contracts allow you to discuss each area to be repaired specifically. This way you understand exactly what you are paying for.
Important: Do not rush to settle your claim. Insurance companies hire many agents to help with claims during times of disaster. Some are more experienced than others. You may not get the settlement you are expecting. Many homeowners find themselves short of cash after they settle with their insurance company. Make sure to get many quotes from your “verified” list of Galveston Contractors “before” settling your claim. A good Galveston Contractor knows how to work directly with your insurance company, can provide them with the documentation needed to get you a maximum settlement that will cover almost everything needed to get you back into your home. This keeps you from digging deep into your pockets later.
Protect yourself today! Get on our Hurricane Repair List, we have done repairs on Galveston Island for more than 32 yrs and can handle the complete project. You do nothing but move back in once the project is complete.
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