Winter Storm: What to be careful for when making ready house restore contracts

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Right now, many people are going through insurance and FEMA to start the recovery process from the winter storm that damaged thousands of homes in our area.

When it comes to repairing storm damage, people often rush out and hire the first person they find. But taking your time can really pay off and save you from major headaches.

If you have damage to your home, returning your home is your top priority and there is a chance that a contractor is in your future.

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ABC13 recently sat down with the home inspectors and they have advice on what to discuss and what kind of home repair contract to write down before you sign.

“When it comes to flooring replacement, specifically what type of flooring? How much flooring? This is done according to the manufacturer’s key instructions,” said House Inspector James Sutherland.

Inspectors also say home repairs need to be compliant with building codes, as non-compliant work can create big problems later.

“A lot of contractors say, ‘Oh, we’re in the county, we don’t have codes.’ HVAC, plumbing, and electrical are all federally licensed. The state says these licensed individuals will follow the codes, so they are required, “Sutherland said.

It’s also a good idea to hire an inspector to review the work before signing a check.

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Be very careful with a contractor who requires full payment in advance. Most will ask for portions of the amount owed in the course of the job.

Texas Law Help officials have a great step-by-step guide on how to hire a contractor.

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